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The Remnant Newspaper - On Resisting Vatican II To Its Face (Archbishop Vigano’s Response to Fr. …

In this particular installment of the ongoing debate over Vatican II, His Excellency Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò raises a question that has become …
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"If it is possible for this Pope to be for all practical purposes schismatic - and I would say also heretical - why could not that Council also have been so?"

Until Archbishop Vigano stops framing his beliefs as abstract rhetorical questions, they will always remain nothing more. The answer to the rhetorical question he's asking here is twofold.

Firstly, because the current Pope is an adhere…More
"If it is possible for this Pope to be for all practical purposes schismatic - and I would say also heretical - why could not that Council also have been so?"

Until Archbishop Vigano stops framing his beliefs as abstract rhetorical questions, they will always remain nothing more. The answer to the rhetorical question he's asking here is twofold.

Firstly, because the current Pope is an adherent of Liberation Theology, a term which did not even exist until 1971. Previous Popes did not behave in the manner of Pope Francis does nor did they promote the openly marxist policies he does.

Secondly, because The Roman Catholic Church has since canonized two of those "conciliar" Popes, John XXIII and John Paul II as Saints.

The former presided over Vatican Council II and the latter (then still a bishop) a contributor to it. True, Saints are not infallible. They can, and no doubt have, advanced errors out of ignorance. But it is a contradiction in terms for a Saint of The Church to be a heretic against the Church..

The reason for this is simple: heresy presuppose knowledge of what The Church teaches and/or The Church's authority and the repudation of those teachings.

As for schism, Canon Law 751 states: "schism is the refusal of submission to the Supreme Pontiff or of communion with the members of the Church subject to him."

According to the laws of the Catholic Church a "schismatic" Pope is an oxymoron. Pope Francis would need a disassociative identity disorder (i.e. "multiple personalities") to refuse to submit to the authority of himself as Supreme Pontiff.

Words like heresy and schism are thrown about today in Catholic circles with far more zeal than accuracy it seems, even by those who should know better.