Fr. Thomas Weinandy on "Pope Francis and Schism"
(10-12-2019, 12:02 PM)SeekerofChrist Wrote:
(10-12-2019, 11:44 AM)Florus Wrote: I've started to dislike the analogy of a schismatic church ("Conciliar Church, "Synodal Church") inside the true Church and acting like we're some pure remnant of orthodoxy. Hate to break it to you, but we (at least most of us) are in communion with these bishops, we are all in the same screwed up boat. Being in the Catholic Church has always been very messy and unpleasant.

The more that I have studied Church history, the more that I've concluded that the present-day crisis is hardly unprecedented.  I've noticed a tendency among some traditionalists to see a sort of golden age before Vatican II, but that isn't the case.  We can look to the New Testament to see problems in Church history, such as St. Peter bowing to the pressure of the Judaizers and breaking table fellowship with Gentiles.  This action led St. Paul to rebuke the first pope.  The mistakes, errors, and failures of the popes that would follow could probably fill up several books.  Ultramontanism has morphed from a legitimate reaction to the Gallicans into a papolatry that has the Faith's foundation crumble if a pope is lousy.  I will not allow my faith to be destroyed by the actions of Pope Francis or by my inability to come up with an adequate resolution to how this all happened in the first place.
You're right. The Catholic Church never had this level of awareness of every word and act of the Pope until the modern age. Now that it has become clear that the Pope is just as fallible and imperfect as any other man, it has resulted in many to despair when any sort of concerns arise in the hierarchy.

That being said, what we are seeing today is not something that will be a small footnote in history.
"The Heart of Jesus is closer to you when you suffer, than when you are full of joy." - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Put not your trust in princes: In the children of men, in whom there is no salvation. - Ps. 145:2-3

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