The conservative schism is now unfolding. It’s going to get a lot worse over the next several months. A large percentage of conservative Catholics and most traditionalists are going to publicly reject Pope Francis as the valid successor of Peter.
In my eschatology, the next Pope after Francis will be very conservative. However, he will not condemn Pope Francis. Instead, he will authoritatively assert that Pope Francis was a valid successor of Peter. Neither will he condemn or reverse the teachings of Pope Francis. However, and this is key to the liberal schism, he will change the discipline for Communion.
Pope Francis is within his authority as the head of the Church to make decisions of discipline. He is able to allow persons who are guilty of objective mortal sin to receive holy Communion, as long as they are judged, by their own conscience with the guidance of their confessor or pastor, not to be in a state of unrepented actual mortal sin. The minimum for reception of Communion is baptism and to not be conscious of unrepented actual mortal sin.
But the next Pope will change the discipline (to what I myself also prefer) to require all who present themselves for Communion to be baptized believing and practicing Catholics, who have not committed any objective mortal sins or actual mortal sins, since their last good Confession. An exception is made for priests who preside at Mass, that they may make an act of perfect contrition, and receive Communion at the Mass, and then make a good confession at their next opportunity.
The next Pope will also clarify the Church’s teaching on which sins are objectively grave and thereby prohibit from Communion, including: contraception, abortion, sexual sins of every kind, as well as heresy and schism. The conservative schismatics will not be permitted to return to the Church, unless they accept Pope Francis as a valid Pope. And any liberal Catholics who reject the teaching of the Magisterium on contraception or homosexuality or same-sex marriage or gender ideology, et cetera, will not be permitted to receive Communion. The divorced and remarried will not be permitted to receive Communion (unless they meet the much discussed conditions).
In addition, if I am correct on the extent to which the next Pope will safeguard the faith, any Catholic who publicly teaches anything contrary to magisterial teaching will not be permitted to teach in a Catholic institution, or to receive Communion, or to hold any position in a diocese or parish. And this will include persons who teach or opine online, and signatories to any type of document which opposes the Pope or the teaching of the Magisterium.
Many Catholics will stop going to Mass, rather than give up contraception and sexual sins. Many Catholics will stop calling themselves Catholic and Christian because they have accepted the teachings of sinful secular society in contradiction to the teachings of Christ and His Vicar. So, when the next Pope very prominently condemns homosexuality, same-sex marriage, transgenderism, and all manner of sexual sins, along with contraception and abortion, most liberal Catholics will abandon the faith. And those who depart from the Church at that time will include not only persons who commit those sins, but persons who think those sins to be acceptable and good, when committed by others.
Many of the most prominent “teachers” of Catholicism today will be rebuked by the Holy See. And this will include some considered to be conservative as well as many liberal. The papal critics of today will be rebuked, along with teachers of liberal errors. Many of the conservative critics of Fr. James G. Martin, S.J. will be put in the same category of unfaithful teachers as Fr. Martin himself. They will be dismayed to find that the Church considers them to be just as unfaithful as Fr. Martin.
Conservatism does not equal faithfulness. Liberalism does not equal faithfulness. The only Catholics who will remain faithful over the course of this Pope’s reign and the next Pope’s reigns will be those who strengthen their faith with prayer and self-denial and humility.
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