Look, as you know for ecclesiological reasons I simply cannot see that these men have been true popes (the state of the Church reflects a vacant See, and is impossible if one posits a true pope reigning at each stage of the crisis); further, I think that the reaction of Catholics to these men has been illustrative of that reality. Catholics have not, do not, treat them as popes, they do not learn from them, submit their judgement to them, permit them to govern our lives. This is as true of those mired in the Novus Ordo who have retained the faith as it is of traditionalists. This has been clear in our case (the trads) but it is sufficiently clear in the case of the others also. We are seeing it brought into greater clarity by the reaction to the canonisations. Not just trads but conservative Novus people are reacting negatively to the “canonisation of Vatican II and Assisi” which these acts signify. They are not being accepted passively and with joy; quite the contrary. The exceptions, and they may be a majority, only prove the rule, in that the exceptions are exclusively constituted of those who think that the faith is whatever L’Osservatore Romano says it is this morning – i.e. people who aren’t Catholics at all. (Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:42 am)
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