Maybe This Will Kill the Neo-Ultramontanist Heresy

I’m expecting questions from confused kids over the coming few meals, so I’ll just say it now: Yes, the reports are true, this Pope has in the most formal and authoritative way yet *tried* to change the doctrine of the Church. No, it’s not a secular media conspiracy. No, it’s not a quote taken out of context that he’s declined to correct. No, the Pope cannot change Catholic doctrine. Thus, the confusion.

No, I don’t want to talk about whether the Cardinals will do theirĀ duty and confront the Pope for his heresy. No, I don’t want to speculate whether he will repent. No, I don’t want to guess whether the Cardinals will then declare him deposed by God and elect some other Cardinal to fill the vacancy.

No, I don’t want to talk about how one refers to the man who occupies the See of Rome but who is apparently no longer a Bishop of the Catholic Church.

No, I don’t want to talk about whether I can attend a liturgy said “in communion” with a man who is apparently no longer a member of the Catholic Church.

No, I don’t want to talk about whether it is the first time in 1,986 years we’ve had a living Pope emeritus, a living anti-Pope and no actual Pope.

No, I don’t want to talk about why we deserve weak, corrupt Bishops, Cardinals and Popes who hate the faith and the faithful.

No. No. No.

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