I’m afraid too much chatter isn’t helping out matters as hysteria by some in the Church about the Synod on Synodality as it soon begins its chattering sessions takes place. The far majority of Catholics are completely disinterested in it. The majority have followed Pope Francis’ in condemning a self referential Church that pushes Christ to the side in favor of chatter about who I am and all those existential questions that the Church was once able to teach in an orthodox way without wringing her hands wondering if she needs to talk and talk and talk about herself.
Bishop Schneider reminds Catholics that no human person can depose a pope and he rightfully states that a pope cannot commit heresy when he speaks ex cathedra. But outside of e cathedra statements, a popes can commit heresies.
While Bishop Schneider upholds one aspect of the papal office, he seems to open the door to encouraging Catholics to enter into schism with the pope through disobedience. Not sure that is a good thing for a bishop to write down. Schism is a mortal sin.
Read Bishop Schneider’s whole article here. Here is the sound byte:
The pope cannot commit heresy when he speaks , this is a dogma of faith. In his teaching outside of , however, he can commit doctrinal ambiguities, errors and even heresies. And since the pope is not identical with the entire Church, the Church is stronger than a singular erring or heretical Pope. In such a case one should respectfully correct him (avoiding purely human anger and disrespectful language), resist him as one would resist a bad father of a family. Yet, the members of a family cannot declare their evil father deposed from the fatherhood. They can correct him, refuse to obey him, separate themselves from him, but they cannot declare him deposed.