What happens if you question the Pope? Well, if you’re a cardinal, you could have your red hat taken away. So says Monsignor Vito Pinto, a defender of Pope Francis.

Cardinals Walter Brandmüller, Raymond Burke, Carlo Caffarra and Joachim Meisner asked the Holy Father some questions of Laeitita Amoris. Pope Francis did not answer and prelates made the letter public through the media.

“What Church do these cardinals defend? The Pope is faithful to the doctrine of Christ. What they have done is a very serious scandal that could even lead to the Holy Father to withdraw the cardinal’s hat as has happened at some other time of the Church “, said Pio Vito this Confidential.

The dean of the Roman Rota clarifies: “Which is not to say that the Pope withdraw their status as cardinals, but could do.”

That caused my eyebrow to raise, to say the least. We are certainly living in an extraordinary time. Not only is the Holy Father suggesting the overthrow of Catholic doctrine but his defenders are suggesting that those who question him be stripped of their authority to question. What am I supposed to say to protestant critics who claim that the Pope cannot be questioned if he teaches a contradiction to the Gospel?

Pray mightily for the Church.

Hat-tip, Vox Cantoris

 

On November 24, I wrote an article agreeing with Dr. Jeff Mirus that we should essentially ignore Pope Francis. The Remnant offers a counter-argument to Dr. Mirus’ position.

Francis cannot be ignored. On the contrary, the faithful must be ever vigilant respecting his every word and deed; and whenever he causes “confusion and sorrow” in the Church, he must be opposed by every Catholic worthy of the name according to the station and means of each member of the faithful. As Saint Paul admonishes us, the members of the Mystical Body must be “mutually careful one for another” for “if one member suffer any thing, all the members suffer with it… (1 Cor 12:25-26).”

Our duty of opposition is not a warrant for spiteful recrimination against a Pope who does indeed call us names, thus shamefully debasing his august office as spiritual father of the Church universal. To that extent, Mirus has it right. But neither should we affect a pose of meek and humble perplexity, as if we did not know that, whatever his subjective disposition, this astonishing Pope is clearly determined to impose his errant will on the Church through one shocking abuse of power after another, while demonizing and marginalizing anyone who opposes him in the manner of a politician in the midst of a political campaign.

Strong words. Read the rest here.

Very early in the papacy of Pope Francis, I reached the height of my frustration with the seemingly endless confusion he prompted within me and within the laity altogether. It was at this point that it dawned on me that the Church is much bigger than Pope Francis. Indeed, God is infinitely bigger than Pope Francis. Further, Catholics tend to see things in terms of eternity, not in the here and now, or at least we are supposed to. In that sense, the papacy is much bigger than Pope Francis is.

In considering all of this, I determined that Pope Francis is a “bookmark” until we have our next pope. I wrote a blog post at the time saying that Francis is “the bookmark Pope.” Unfortunately, friends of ISIS hacked my blog, and all of my posts up until that point evaporated, including the “bookmark Pope” post.

I didn’t think much more about it until it dawned on me that Church Militant was also taking a stand-offish view of the Holy Father. They, too, don’t wish to step on the papal toes but assuredly disagree with some of his more outrageous pronouncements. We know they disagree, right? They just don’t say so. Not really.

Today, I learned that Dr. Jeff Mirus at Catholic Culture has come to this same conclusion.

Worrying about the daily confusion and sorrow Pope Francis introduces into our lives can impede us from working on our first priority—which is living our Catholic life in Christ as fully as we possibly can. With only exceedingly rare exceptions, we are in no position to offer correction to the Holy Father. Therefore, it will do us little good to engage in endless arguments over what is wrong, whose fault it is, and how the problems posed by the current papacy might be resolved. And not only will this do us no good, but it can be a significant source of scandal to others, most of whom will have little or no awareness of the issues at stake.

I’d like to suggest that it is time to turn the corner on Pope Francis. Most of us have no cards to play in the game of improving the papacy. But we do have our own callings, our own God-given talents, our own opportunities to engage in the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, to teach the truth and to foster the good. When we can use something Pope Francis has said or done in our own Catholic service, then we should—all the better! But when we cannot take our inspiration from Pope Francis, we can still reference Our Lord and the Church He founded. We do not need to come up against Francis and grind to a halt. That’s what I mean about turning the corner.

How can the faithful remain at peace when this Pope gives us so much pain? Simple. The Pope is not God. He is not the Church. He is not even the papacy. He is one pope. We’ve got this.

Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” – Luke 9:62