The liberal schism is still a few years away. The conservative schism is only in its introductory phase. As you watch an arrow fly through the air, can you not see where it will strike? The Pride-filled Correction is only the beginning.
Pope Francis, whom I believe is truly a Saint, will not stand corrected. Any further documents claiming to be a “formal correction” or something similar will have no greater effect than the Filial Correction. But the papacy of Francis will not remain stagnant. He will continue to teach.
I expect three big decisions to come from our holy Pontiff, in the near future. These are stated in no particular order.
1. A document teaching that the Church has the authority to ordain women to the diaconate, accompanied by changes to Canon Law permitting women to be ordained as deaconesses.
2. A document teaching that non-Catholic Christians, non-Christian believers, and non-believers can all be saved, by the love of neighbor, without necessarily converting to Catholicism, Christianity, or belief in God. (Just as I also teach.)
3. The third document would be a continuation of the dispute on Communion, clarifying his position, not changing it. The papal critics asked for clarification, but they will not be happy when the Pope clarifies that he meant what he said. He will likely expand the reception of Communion further, based on the individual’s judgment of conscience and their Baptism into the Church.
The Filial Correction only accuses Pope Francis of “propagating heresies”. Now that is a very serious, and in my view completely false, accusation. But consider what will happen if any of the above documents are issued.
They will respond by directly accusing Pope Francis of teaching material heresy and of committing formal heresy. They will declare that he has lost his office as Roman Pontiff, by means of automatic excommunication. They will say, incorrectly: “Let another take his office” (cf. Acts 1:20). But I don’t believe they will ever get around to electing an antipope to oppose him.
Yes, it’s going to get a lot worse. Those only will remain faithful to Christ and to His Church who remain faithful to each successive Pope, liberal or conservative. Do not allow pride in your own understanding of the faith to lead you astray from the faith.
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