Monday, March 5, 2018
LET'S LIVE IN THE WORLD OF THEORY AND PLAY MAKE BELIEVE AS IT REGARDS THE PAPACY TODAY
The post below this one where Cardinal Kasper has an interview at Vatican Radio's website tells me that one the the closest progressive advisors to Pope Francis is alarmed about the talk and in high places as well as low places, that Pope Francis may be teaching heresy in that damn footnote in Amoris Laetitia or at least allowing heretical interpretations of that footnote.
Why would a progressive cardinal close to the pope be alarmed? Here I ask for your help. Some say if a pope teaches heresy and does not recant, he ceases to be pope. Is this true? Or a pope who persists in allowing Hersey to evolve could be deposed or after his papacy declared an anti-pope. Is this true in theory?
But let's add another curious aspect to our fantasy world of theory. The truly fantastic aspect of the current confusion and division in the Church caused by a pontiff who is suppose to be an agent of unity in the Church, a bridge builder, is living in a time with no parallel in Church history where his predecessor is still living and if the new pope isn't an anti-pope he does seem to be an anti-Benedict and in rupture with his predecessor and others before him. What are the ramifications of this?
Finally, we have a so-called emeritus pope living at the Vatican who as the Prefect of the Doctrine of the Faith called to task those who would disfigure the Catholic Faith with progressive ideologies. As Prefect, Cardinal Ratzinger sparred with Cardinal Kasper and called out his ideologies. He also called out Jesuit Father James Martin and the head of America Magazine and had him removed.
At Pope Francis first Angelus, His Holiness praised Cardinal Kasper and promoted a book on mercy he had written. Later he placed Fr. James Martin into the department of communications.
Some believe, in our world of make believe and theory, that Pope Benedict was forced to resign either because of outside influences of the "wolves" he spoke of at the beginning of his papacy or depression, clinical depression, that compromised his free will in making such a monumental decision. If he were under any kind of duress to make this decision, in theory, in our make believe world, his resignation (abdication) would be invalid, no?
If Pope Benedict's abdication were called into question and seen as invalid, or if Pope Benedict seeing the division and confusion that is caused in the highest places of the Church decided to come forward and say he did resign under duress (or left a video tape of his concerns and confession to be viewed only after his death) what would this mean for the papacy and the Church?
Would we have a schism greater than the Great Schism or would it just involve us Church geeks who live in a make believe world?