“The Dictator Pope”: Mysterious New Book Looks “Behind the Mask” of Francis
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Osfhank wrote:

"This may be an unpopular view here, but shouldn\t we be respecting the Holy Father and praying for him, rather than spreading derogatory things about him?  He is the successor of St. Peter, after all, and Christ's vicar on earth.  We would be better served to pray for him daily, whether or not we agree with everything he does.Sr. Christina M. Neumann ~ https://ourfranciscanfiat.wordpres.com VoxClamantis Wrote:"

I would assert that praying for Francis and being critical of his statements are not mutually exclusive.  

You are right in that we should avoid derogatory statement towards an ostensible Pope, but some of us are very unsure about his legitimacy.  Of course, we should always be careful about using disrespectful language.

However, massive error is coming from Francis' mouth and pen that is causing scandal among Catholics, undermining any Faith they have left.  We have a duty to let the Catholic Truth, that can never be changed, be known and to shine a light on such destruction.

It is extremely unfortunate this has to be done.  No one wants this unprecedented terrifying problem.  But there it is, lying naked and hideous in front of our eyes.

"Peter has no need of our lies or flattery. Those who blindly and indiscriminately defend every decision of the Supreme Pontiff are the very ones who do most to undermine the authority of the Holy See-----they destroy instead of strengthening its foundations."-----Melchior Cano, Theologian from the Council of Trent

St. Thomas Aquinas, in many passages of his works, upholds the principle that the faithful can question and admonish Prelates. For example: “There being an imminent danger for the Faith, Prelates must be questioned, even publicly, by their subjects. Thus, St. Paul, who was a subject of St. Peter, questioned him publicly on account of an imminent danger of scandal in a matter of Faith. And, as the Glosa of St. Augustine puts it (Ad Galatas 2,14), ‘St. Peter himself gave the example to those who govern so that if sometime they stray from the right way, they will not reject a correction as unworthy even if it comes from their subjects.’” -Summa theologiae (Turin/Rome: Marietti), 1948, II.II, q.33, a.4.

Referring to the same episode, in which St. Paul resisted St. Peter “to his face,” St. Thomas teaches: “The reprehension was just and useful, and the reason for it was not trivial: there was a danger for the preservation of evangelical truth ... The way it took place was appropriate, since it was public and open. For this reason, St. Paul writes: ‘I spoke to Cephas,’ that is, Peter, ‘before everyone,’ since the simulation practiced by St. Peter was fraught with danger to everyone.” -Super Epistulas S. Pauli, Ad Galatas, 2, 11-14, (Taurini/Rome: Marietti, 1953), lec. III, nn. 83-84 Martin Luther

 St. Robert Bellarmine teaches us that


Quote:“just as it is licit to resist a Pontiff who attacks the body, it is also licit to resist a Pope who attacks the soul or …. above all, who attempts to destroy the Church. I say,” St. Robert continues, “that it is licit to resist him by not doing what he orders, and by preventing his will from being executed” (1).

Fr. Francisco Suarez, S.J., also defends this position: “If [the Pope] gives an order contrary to good customs, he should not be obeyed. If he attempts to do something manifestly opposed to justice and the common good, it would be licit to resist him. If he attacks by force, he could be repelled by force, with the moderation appropriate to a just defense.” 
  1. De Fide, disp. X, sec. VI, n. 16, in Opera omnia (Paris: Vivès, 1958), vol. XII, in Xavier da Silveira, La nouvelle Messe de Paul VI: Qu'en penser? (Chiré-en-Montreuil: Diffusion de la Pensée Française, 1975), pp. 323f.
Fr. Cornelius a Lapide, S.J., argues: “Superiors can, with humble charity, be admonished by their inferiors in the defense of truth; that is what St. Augustine, St. Cyprian, St. Gregory, St. Thomas and others declare about this passage (Gal. 2:11).


Dominican theologian Francisco Vitoria teaches us:


Quote:Fr. Francisco de Vitoria, O.P., poses these questions: “A Pope must be resisted who publicly destroys the Church. What should be done when the Pope, because of his bad customs, destroys the Church? What should be done if the Pope wanted without reason to abrogate Positive Law?” 

His answer is: “He would certainly sin; he should neither be permitted to act in such fashion nor should he be obeyed in what was evil; but he should be resisted with a courteous reprehension. Consequently ... if he wanted to destroy the Church or the like, he should not be permitted to act in that fashion, but one would be obliged to resist him.  
“The reason for this is that he does not have the power to destroy. Therefore, if there is evidence that he is doing so, it is licit to resist him. The result is that if the Pope destroys the Church by his orders and actions, he can be resisted and the execution of his mandates prevented.” (5) 


  1. Obras de Francisco de Vitoria (Madrid: BAC, 1960), pp. 486f.
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