Christ and the Pope

For the sake of his sanity, his soul, and his liver, the vigilante avoids the mainstream media as much as he can nowadays.  All it seems to be is massacre after bloody massacre coupled with a pointless popularity contest between a New York progressive who donated millions of dollars to the cause of infanticide and another New York progressive who has made support of infanticide one of her key selling points.  As such, the vigilante is blessed to hear very little about the shenanigans surrounding the current Bishop of Rome except that there are many shenanigans occurring.

I wondered what it would take to get me to arise and comment on something the Pope said.  Now I know and I wish I didn’t.

Here is a quote from Pope Frankie’s homily that has caused absolute bedlam among many, with apologists from all the usual avenues rushing to excuse it and explain it away:

“What is reconciliation? Taking one from this side, taking another one for that side and uniting them: no, that’s part of it but it’s not it … True reconciliation means that God in Christ took on our sins and He became the sinner for us. When we go to confession, for example, it isn’t that we say our sin and God forgives us. No, not that! We look for Jesus Christ and say: ‘This is your sin, and I will sin again’. And Jesus likes that, because it was his mission: to become the sinner for us, to liberate us.

Christ the Spotless Lamb and Perfect Sacrifice, Christ the God-Man who came into the world to save sins, Christ the Redeemer of Humanity, Christ the Second Adam… is a sinner?!

Sadly, I need to come out of my cave and say this (an I hope I don’t end up eating my words for this):

The current pope is a heretic.  Either a Neo-Arian or a Neo-Nestorian, by the looks of it.

And there are a couple of Alexandrians who might want a word with him…

What kind of heretic he is in scholastic jargon (“formal”, “material”, etc.) is irrelevant.  Like John XXII and Honorius before him, he has erred in a serious matter of faith that even a layman can recognize.

Does this mean that the Church is wrong, that Rome has fallen into the abyss, that Frankie has forfeited his office, that the Chair of Peter is sede vacante, that I will be rushing to an Orthodox or Resistance-of-the-Resistance-of-the-Resistance chapel, or that the apocalypse is assuredly upon us?

The answers to these questions are: no, no, no, no, no, and possibly, but don’t panic.

The simple truth is, we have had heretic popes in the past.  This has happened before and it will likely happen again.  Tend to your own communities and chapels (wherever they may be), never lose faith or hope, and work on improving your charity.  Take this for what it is, Divine punishment for ultramontanism and us Catholics holding the Roman Pontiff to a superhuman and unrealistic standard.

Above all, pray.

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4 thoughts on “Christ and the Pope

    • Without the ability to sit Frankie down and get a good handle on his beliefs, I’ll mark that as the more likely possibility. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he could still be a Neo-Nestorian, fully believing in Christ’s Divinity while believing Christ also took on a fallen and “sinful” human nature.
      He’d still be wrong and condemned by an early Ecumenical Council, but at least he would believe in Christ’s Divinity.

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