How shall we treat the Pope? (Part 2)

Part 1 of this article [here]

“The punishment of the offender ought to be in proportion to the dignity of the person wronged. Bishops are called most holy, are Christ’s ambassadors, spiritual fathers, our brothers and fellow bishops, the acknowledged pillars of the church. The punishment, then, ought to be heavy, proportionate to the guilt of one who violates the dignity of such an eminent person.” – (Council of Vienne; Decree # 33, n 3).

The same offence made to a higher ranked person is graver than the one made to a lower ranked person due to the office given to them by God. The higher the offended person’s status, the higher the punishment for the offender. Therefore, offenses against priests, Bishops or the Pope are graver in proportion to the offended person’s rank. But unfortunately, many people have lost the sense of reverence towards the consecrated and sacred nowadays.

The punishment is not graver because a person as such is more valuable than others, for we are all equal in nature. “A man is more precious for what he is than for what he has” [i]. Rather, it is graver because of the offense given to the consecration that God has given to the person (as explained previously regarding Leviticus 21:8) thus making the person eminent.

{10:11} And he [Peter] saw heaven opened, and a certain container descending, as if a great linen sheet were let down, by its four corners, from heaven to earth,
{10:12} on which were all four-footed beasts, and the crawling things of the earth and the flying things of the air.
{10:13} And a voice came to him: “Rise up, Peter! Kill and eat.”
{10:14} But Peter said: “Far be it from me, lord. For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.”
{10:15} And the voice, again a second time to him: “What God has purified, you shall not call common.”
{10:16} Now this was done three times. And immediately the container was taken up to heaven.

This important message/vision was given to none other than to the Chief of the Apostles, Peter. The person and office of Peter has, through different providential ways, the special gift of receiving important revelations from God in order to lead His Church even if they seem contrary to the traditional belief of the faithful or to the majority opinion. At that time, the Jewish people were not permitted to join with the Gentiles (non-Jews) (Exodus 23:32-33) (Deuteronomy 7:1-3) nor to eat foods considered unclean (Leviticus 11).

Among the Apostles, only Peter was called and invited to go Cornelious’ house, a pious Centurion, a Gentile (for reference, read all chapter 10) and Peter declares the following:

{10:28} … “You know how abominable it would be for a Jewish man to be joined with, or to be added to, a foreign people. But God has revealed to me to call no man common or unclean.

This is what we call a development of doctrine and abrogating disciplinary laws. By Jesus’ promise, God never abandons His Church (Matthew 28:20). He continuously guides His Church especially through His main representative in charge, the Pope. Our Lord does this for our salvation’s sake.

{10:34} Then, Peter, opening his mouth, said: “I have concluded in truth that God is not a respecter of persons.

The person an office of Peter and his successors have the ability to teach infallibly [ii], even on things that seem contrary to the traditional belief or to the majority opinion, or contrary to what may have been written in the laws. At that time, per Jewish Mosaic law, Jews were not permitted to be joined with the Gentiles as explained above, so this new teaching was controversial.

{10:35} But within every nation, whoever fears him and works justice is acceptable to him.

This teaches us that salvation is available to everyone who attains sanctifying grace by at least sincere love of neighbor in full cooperation with grace which is implicit love of God, by selfishly seeking truth and adhering to it once found.

{10:44} While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell over all of those who were listening to the Word.

Notice that the Holy Spirit fell over those who were listening to Peter, that is, only to those who paid attention to him. Anyone who does not listen to the Pope, is not acting in cooperation with the Holy Spirit. The person and office of Peter have the gift of teaching with authority. Notice also that it says that they “were listening to the “Word”. The Word was coming out through the mouth of Peter. The Pope has the gift of prophecy like no other. God speaks through the Pope in his teachings and is able to teach infallibly.

{10:45} And the faithful of the circumcision, who had arrived with Peter, were astonished that the grace of the Holy Spirit was also poured out upon the Gentiles.

{10:47} Then Peter responded, “How could anyone prohibit water, so that those who have received the Holy Spirit would not be baptized, just as we also have been?”

Note that those who were not baptized with water also received the Holy Spirit, that is, they were in the state of sanctifying grace by implicit baptism of desire, thus, they could also be saved [iii]. Peter was referring to the Gentiles who had received the Holy Spirit even though they had not received the Mosaic revelations from God and His laws, and have not been baptized with water yet.

{10:48} And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then they begged him to remain with them for some days.

This was a hard teaching for the Jewish converted Christians, they could not accept the Gentiles (pagans). Yet Peter gives the order to baptize them. This shows that Peter is the Chief, has authority, he gave the order to baptize the Gentiles.

{11:1} Now the Apostles and brothers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the Word of God.
{11:2} Then, when Peter had gone up to Jerusalem, those who were of the circumcision argued against him,
{11:3} saying, “Why did you enter to uncircumcised men, and why did you eat with them?”

There is a group of people who call themselves “Catholics” who think that they know better than the Pope and they start to criticize without fear of disrespecting the Chief person who Christ has left in charge of His Church. You can go and read on the internet comments such as: “I’m Catholic but I do not agree with Bergolio”. They don’t even say “the Pope”. This shows disrespect, malice towards the anointed one of God, towards the person and office of the Supreme Pontiff. This worthless treatment towards the person and office of the Pope is sacrilege, a sin of irreligion:

“Sacrilege consists in profaning or treating unworthily the sacraments and other liturgical actions, as well as persons, things, or places consecrated to God. Sacrilege is a grave sin especially when committed against the Eucharist, for in this sacrament the true Body of Christ is made substantially present for us.” – (CCC# 2120).

Those critics don’t give the worth that the office and person of the Pope has by disrespecting him, belittling, treating him as an equal or even as an inferior, or showing malice towards him.

“Tempting God in words or deeds, sacrilege, and simony are sins of irreligion forbidden by the first commandment.” – (CCC# 2139).

The Pope is our spiritual father appointed by God; therefore, this also goes against the Fourth Commandment “Honor your Father and your Mother” (Exodus 20:12) and if a person breaks only one of the commandments, breaks them all (James 2:10).

“Therefore, just as a person who is entangled in all sins will not enter the gate of eternal life, so also if a person remains in one sin – (Second Lateran Council – 1139 A.D. under Pope Innocent II; canon 22).

Do you honor you father and your mother by calling them by their last name? If you do, that is not honoring your father and your mother. Know your own place before God, in family and society.

How do you think that we have received the Catholic Faith? Did you learn it on your own? No. It was by Apostolic Tradition (1 Corinthians 11:2) (2 Thessalonians 2:15) (3:6), the continuous transmission of what the Apostles taught from generation to generation and passed on to us (CCC# 75-79) and there has been developments of doctrine and reforms of disciplinary matters through the centuries. The Church even decided what books belong to the Bible and taught us what the Bible is. Those who taught us the Faith, were also taught by persons who were also taught about the Faith by some other spiritual fathers, all the way back to Jesus and the Apostles. So we are in no position to disrespect the successors of Peter and the successors of the Apostles, our fathers in the Faith that we have received in the Holy Spirit [iv].

The Church is our Mother and we call priests or ordained pastors our spiritual fathers for a good Biblical reason. Let’s treat them as such.

We can see comments of people who are contra the Pope, against his moves, as if they have received a revelation from God to know the faith better and thus correct the Pope as a father corrects his child (No, that does NOT come from God). They think that they have been appointed by God to police or judge the Pope. No, they have not.

{3:6} Then the Pharisees, going out, immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him [Jesus], as to how they might destroy him.

The Pharisees joined with groups of similar minds for a way to accuse and destroy Jesus, so it is with His Vicar nowadays, so with His Church.

Those types of criticisms do not come from the Holy Spirit, but are influenced by Satan and his demons who attempt to destroy the Church. It does not matter if those attacks towards the Pope are coming from people who look pious or devout, they are none other than whitewashed sepulchers, which outwardly appear brilliant to men, yet truly, inside, they are filled with the bones of the dead and with all filth (Mathew 23:27).

This disrespect, denigration, malice towards the Pope is also the sin of scandal for they make it look as if the Pope (who has been appointed by God to be the Supreme Shepherd of the Church, but they ignore) is not a fitting teacher or leader, or even suggesting that the Cardinals committed an error in his election. What a great sin of scandal.

Henry Sire (H. J. A. Sire) under the pen-name of Marcantonio Colonna, author of the schismatic book “The Dictator Pope” dares to say that the Cardinals committed a mistake in choosing Pope Francis just because he was an unknown Cardinal and someone whom he did not expect [v]. Pride goes before the fall. So, this individual person knows better than the College of Cardinals who prayed and did other required rituals for guidance of the Holy Spirit during the conclave, along with the communion of the faithful around the world at different dioceses, (including religious orders, etc.), who joined them in their prayers for enlightenment of the Cardinals during the election of the new Pope [vi]. So he thinks that he is more guided by the Holy Spirit than the College of Cardinals in order to say that choosing Pope Francis was a mistake. The truth is that he has little clue (to be generous) about what the role of the Papacy is in order to claim that Pope Francis is “acting like a dictator”.

In order to continue doing the will of his Father in the world, Christ works unceasingly through the Church. He operates through his ministers, and hence he remains always the source and wellspring of the unity of their lives.” (Decree – Presbyterorum Ordinis – On The Ministry And Life Of Priests # 14, n 2 – Vatican II).

Henry Sire acts contrary to the words of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI who in his Farewell Address to the Eminent Cardinals Present in Rome stated the following:

“And among you, in the College of Cardinals, there is also the future pope to whom today I promise my unconditional reverence and obedience. For this reason, with affection and gratitude, I cordially impart to you the Apostolic Blessing.”

“There IS the future Pope to whom today I promise my unconditional reverence and obedience”. He says “unconditional”. He doesn’t say “as long as he fits my standards”, “as long as he is known to the people out there”.  No. Pope Emeritus teaches us that Pope Francis deserves our unconditional reverence (a more meaningful word that a simple respect) and obedience.

When Jesus came to this earth, He did so as a poor carpenter from the small town of Nazareth. Many did not recognize Him as the Messiah and one of their reasons was because He did not meet their standards (Matthew 13:55-57) (Luke 4:21-30) (John 6:42). Similarly, many do not seem to recognize the work of the Holy Spirit through the teachings of the Pope as Vicar of Christ and the Body of Bishops in communion with the Pope during our times and situations because they do not meet their standards. God leaves such people (Luke 4:29-30).

Two thousand years later, we still see those who call themselves “believers” and go around disrespecting the Pope, criticizing the Pope, rejecting the Pope, not accepting the Pope (even calling for his resignation) as if the Papacy is a man-made institution which depends on the majority opinion or on the opinion of a few. The Catholic Church is a Divine Organic Institution. She is the Mystical the Body of Christ where He is the Head. She is constantly guided and protected by the Holy Spirit (John 16:12-13) entrusted to the living teaching office of the Church alone whose members are the Pope and the body of Bishops in communion with the Pope (CCC# 85) (#1008) . They talk as if the Pope is bad for them. But still, call themselves “Catholics”. They consider themselves to be more papists than the Pope.

The Church is not a political party, but the Body of Christ. Since Christ works unceasingly through His ministers, this protection of grace is not dependent upon the personal holiness of each Pope or the body of Bishops in communion with the Pope. The prevenient grace of God (CCC# 2008, 2670) operates in them prior to any possible cooperation or refusal by free will.

{12:5} And so Peter was detained in prison. But prayers were being made without ceasing, by the Church, to God on his behalf.

Notice what true Catholics do. When the Pope goes through tribulations, true Catholics are not happy about the downfall of a Pope, they pray for the Pope without ceasing. They recognize his primacy and authority which is the same that was given by Christ to Peter.

“They (the Cardinals) are electing the vicar of Jesus Christ, the successor of Peter, the ruler of the universal church, the guide of the Lord’s flock.” – (Second Council of Lyons; 1. On the Supreme Trinity and the Catholic Faith).

“For an everlasting record. It belongs to Christ’s vicar, exercising his vigilant care from the apostolic watch-tower, to judge the changing conditions of the times, to examine the causes of the affairs which crop up and to observe the characters of the people concerned. In this way he can give due consideration to each affair and act opportunely; he can tear out the thistles of vice from the field of the Lord so that virtue may increase; and he can remove the thorns of false dealing so as to plant rather than to destroy.” – (Council of Vienne).

Some people think that they can usurp the above role for themselves. No, the above role has been designated by God only to a valid Pope.

Now, the Pope is also called a fitting spouse for the Church:

“They (the Cardinals) are electing the vicar of Jesus Christ, the successor of Peter, the ruler of the universal church, the guide of the Lord’s flock. … They are to use every endeavour and care that is possible. Their one aim is to provide, by their service and speedily, what is so useful and necessary for the whole world, a fitting spouse for the church.” – (Second Council of Lyons; 2. On election and the power of the elected person).

Notice that this Ecumenical Council calls the elected Pope a fitting “spouse” for the Church. Therefore, those who ask for the Pope’s resignation are asking for a separation between the chosen spouse (in this case the Pope as Vicar of Christ) and his Bride (the Church).

The Pope is the Vicar of the Groom, he is the main representative of the Groom; therefore the Church ough to treat the Pope as such. Since, in this sense, the Pope is acting as the “spouse”, it follows that we should fear the Pope as a wife to her husband (Ephesians 5:32-33) because of the position this man has received from Christ.

{5:23} For the husband is the head of the wife, just as Christ is the head of the Church. He is the Savior of his body.
{5:24} Therefore, just as the Church is subject to Christ, so also should wives be subject to their husbands in all things.

[1 Peter 2]
{2:18} Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and meek, but also to the unruly.

Servants should fear their masters whether they are good or bad.

Since the Church is a female figure (Revelation 19:5-9) (21:9), we, as Body, are called to act fittingly as such female figure to her spouse figure.

[1 Timothy]
{2:11} Let a woman learn in silence with all subjection.
{2:12} For I do not permit a woman to teach, nor to be in authority over a man, but to be in silence.

In the spiritual level of meaning, the Body of Christ is a female figure who should respect Her given authority as a spouse figure, in this case the Vicar of Christ.

The teaching that the selected Pope is the fitting spouse for the Church is not mine, but of the Second Ecumenical Council of Lyons. Therefore, the Church who is the Bride, should treat the Pope as Her designated spouse.

The family is a domestic church (CCC# 1666, 2204, 2685) where the husband is at the head (Ephesians 5:23) and wives should be subject to their husbands.

[1 Peter 3]
{3:1} Similarly also, wives should be subject to their husbands, so that, even if some do not believe the Word, they may benefit without the Word, through the behavior of these wives,

Notice that here our first Pope teaches us that wives should be subject to their husbands even if the husband is not a good one. This is no excuse to mistreat the husband.

The Universal Church who is the family of God (CCC# 1655), also has someone who has been appointed by Christ at the head until His return.

“For this reason every bishop exercises his ministry from within the episcopal college, in communion with the bishop of Rome, the successor of St. Peter and head of the college.” – (CCC# 877).

“When Christ instituted the Twelve, “he constituted [them] in the form of a college or permanent assembly, at the head of which he placed Peter, chosen from among them.” (CCC# 880). Also see #’s 891,

“The Lord made St. Peter the visible foundation of his Church. He entrusted the keys of the Church to him. The bishop of the Church of Rome, successor to St. Peter, is “head of the college of bishops, the Vicar of Christ and Pastor of the universal Church on earth” (CIC, can. 331).” – (CCC# 936).

Christ has constituted St. Peter and his successors to be at the head of His Church until His return (Matthew 16:17-19) (John 21:15-17). Therefore, Christ’s Church is called to submission to His Vicar as to Her spouse.

Some especial gifts that only the Pope has received, not you, not me (unless you are the valid Pope):

Has the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven
Being able to bind and loose on earth and in Heaven
Truth and Never Failing Faith

Some titles that only the Pope has, not you, not me (unless you are the valid Pope):

The Rock upon Jesus’ Church is built
Holy Father
Supreme Head of the whole Church
Father and Teacher of all Christians
Supreme Pontiff
Ruler of the Universal Church
Guide of the Lord’s flock
The Pillar of Faith and The Foundation of The Catholic Church [vii]
Vicar of Christ and Pastor of the Universal Church on Earth [viii]

These titles are descriptions of what the person and office of the Pope IS, just as our Church is called Catholic not only as a given name, but it is what She actually IS, Universal.

Many critics of Pope Francis (and other Popes) have not received one iota of these gifts or appointed titles, yet they speak disparaging the Pope af if they have been chosen by God to be above the Pope. Belittling the Pope, showing disrespect or contempt towards him which are grave offenses against God.

Those people need to know their own places before God, the Church and society:

“Lay people, however devout, have no power to dispose of church property. Their lot is to obey, not to be in command.” – (Fourth Lateran Council – 1215 A.D. under Pope Innocent III; canon # 44).

The Council was talking about material things here; however, “Church property” not only corresponds to temporal things, but also spiritual things that belongs to the Church. “render to Caesar what is of Caesar; and to God what is of God.” (Matthew 22:21). Each one of us is to act according to the position that God has placed us and not usurp a role that is not our own.

Not even a Cardinal can usurp the role of the Pope. Notice that even Aaron who was a high priest (just one rank below Moses) was admonished by God for criticizing and belittling the leader of the Israelite people, Moses, and thus sinning against our Lord (Numbers 12).

On the validity of Pope Francis:

Then comes the claim that Pope Francis “is not a valid Pope” or that it was “an error” in selecting him. The fact that Pope Francis’ election met the requirements for a valid selection and has the acceptance of the College of Cardinals including the acceptance of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI who freely resigned as explained in his Declaration proves the contrary.

The acceptance and affection of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI towards Pope Francis is publicly known:

“Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has said he is satisfied with the papacy of Pope Francis and sees “no contradictions” between their pontificates. 

“Yes, there is suddenly a new freshness in the Church, a new joy, a new charisma that addresses the people, which is something beautiful. Many are thankful that the new Pope now approaches them in a new style. The Pope is the Pope, it doesn’t matter who it is,” Benedict said in his newly published collection of interviews.” – [Source]

“[Pope Emeritus] Benedict XVI sent Pope Francis three small gifts that the Holy Father received as three very personal and meaningful signs for both of them,” – [Source]

See How is a New Pope Chosen.

Claims of a secret society or conspiracy theories that we don’t know but only a few select know, has no sustain in their claims and make the election of a Pope so fragile that would be impossible to know who was or who was not a valid Pope. But such is not the case. Christ did not build His Church on sand but on the Rock so that His faithful are not led astray. Pope Francis’ election met the requirements issued by Universi Dominici Gregis as amended by Pope Benedict XVI (the current written rules), his election is publicly known, and has the support of the College of Cardinals.

Those who claim that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s resignation is not valid are calling him either a liar or a coward. A liar for not telling the truth in his Declaration. A coward for being submissive to the supposed pressure of others in order to invalidly (not freely) resign thus leaving the faithful with a potential anti-Pope or a headless Church so that the faithful would be helpless as sheep without shepherd which is contrary to Jesus’ will (Matthew 9:36). But these accusations go no further than fables.

The indefectibility of the Church (Lumen Gentium # 39, n1) (CCC#1108) necessarily implies that both the Pope and the body of Bishops in communion with the Pope are indefectible. For the Pope and the Bishops are the teachers and leaders of the Church. If they were to go astray by choosing an impostor or someone who can lead the faithful away from the path of salvation, then the Church could not be the indefectible or the “Pillar and foundation of Truth” (1 Timothy 3:15).

If a validly elected Pope is not willed by God, or the College of Cardinals deceived the faithful with a false election, then that goes against the indefectibility of the Church.

“But I am a reporter and must inform the news”:

Others hide behind the coat of being a reporter, of just reporting the news. But reporting the news is not a ticket to go against morals, to go contrary to charity, or to act with malice towards our spiritual leaders.

“Christ’s disciples have “put on the new man, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” By “putting away falsehood,” they are to “put away all malice and all guile and insincerity and envy and all slander.” – (CCC# 2475).

The following are excerpts from the Encyclical Miranda Prorsus by Pope Pius XII:

“There is no question here of the true liberty of which We have spoken above, but rather of an uncontrolled freedom, which disregards all precautions, of communicating with others anything at all, even though it be contrary to sound morals and can result in serious danger to souls.” – (Miranda Prorsus). 

“To be at the service of the truth demands not only that all refrain from error, from lies, from deceit of all kinds, but also that they shun everything that can encourage a manner of living and acting which is false, imperfect, or harmful to another party.” – (Ibid). 

“Moreover, these new arts should not only serve the truth, but also the perfecting of human life and morals.” – (Ibid). 

“News of any event, even if nothing but the bare fact is related, has yet an aspect of its own which concerns morality in some way. “This aspect, affecting human morals, must never be neglected; for news of any kind provokes a mental judgment and influences the will. The news-reader who worthily fulfills his task, should crush no one by his words, but try rather to understand and explain as best he can, the disasters reported and the crimes committed. To explain is not necessarily to excuse; but it is to suggest the beginning of a remedy, and consequently, to perform a task at once positive and constructive”. – (Ibid).

Vatican II teaches:

“Therefore, in society men have a right to information, in accord with the circumstances in each case, about matters concerning individuals or the community. The proper exercise of this right demands, however, that the news itself that is communicated should always be true and complete, within the bounds of justice and charity. In addition, the manner in which the news is communicated should be proper and decent. This means that in both the search for news and in reporting it, there must be full respect for the laws of morality and for the legitimate rights and dignity of the individual. For not all knowledge is helpful, but “it is charity that edifies.”(1) (Corinthians 8:1)” – (Decree – Inter Mirifica # 5, n 2).

“Nevertheless, such presentations ought always to be subject to moral restraint, lest they work to the harm rather than the benefit of souls, particularly when there is question of treating matters which deserve reverent handling or which, given the baneful effect of original sin in men, could quite readily arouse base desires in them.” – (ibid).

News reporting concerning our priests, bishops, Cardinals and the Pope deserve reverent handling, not disrespect.

Now, the Catechism teaches the following regarding the Eight Commandment “Love Your Neighbor as Yourself”:

“Respect for the reputation of persons forbids every attitude and word likely to cause them unjust injury. He becomes guilty:  

– of rash judgment who, even tacitly, assumes as true, without sufficient foundation, the moral fault of a neighbor;  

– of detraction who, without objectively valid reason, discloses another’s faults and failings to persons who did not know them;  

– of calumny who, by remarks contrary to the truth, harms the reputation of others and gives occasion for false judgments concerning them”. (CCC #2477).

Unfortunately, many fellow Catholics have been guilty of at least rash judging the Pope. This is an attitude forbidden by God towards anyone. Even claiming or implying that the Pope has “evil intentions” [ix] [x]. Really? Do they know people’s souls?

One of the main problems is Religious Fundamentalism. This group of people dogmatize their limited understanding of doctrine, not giving room for development of doctrine, or of a deeper understanding or correction of their misinterpretations of doctrine, even from the Pope. They feel that they are uncorrectable. They think that they are more infallible than the Pope (See these posts The Many Errors of Religious Fundamentalism, also Conservatism versus Catholicism).

The Bible was originally handed out to us by the Church (by “Church” I mean here: the Pope and the body of Bishops in communion with the Pope), so it comes through them, not us. We are not in a position to understand the faith better than the Magisterium. If we think that there may be a slight error in a non-infallible teaching, or a limited error in a fallible personal opinion of the Pope regarding the faith or morals, we must base our position based on Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium but always in a humble, respectful attitude, subject to the Magisterium’s final decision. Never imposing our understandings as if we know better. WE ARE NOT gods. God has delegated certain men in the position of teaching and also in the temporal authority over all of us. They are the Pope and the Bishops in communion with the Pope.

“We are all invited to trust in the Holy Spirit, to trust in Christ, by trusting in Peter.” (The Primacy of The Successor of Peter in The Mystery of The Church # 15).

The above is a bold statement from the Magisterium. If you don’t trust in Peter, you don’t trust in Christ no matter how many Divine Mercy Chaplets you may pray every day. We cannot go wrong by trusting the Pope. Therefore, any enemy of the Pope is the enemy of Christ.

The Pope has the gift of truth and never-failing faith (Vatican I); consequently, he cannot lead the faithful away from the path of salvation. Even if the Pope is sinful or not holy, his teaching and temporal authority will not send us to Hell (Matt 16:18-19) (Luke 22:31-32).

People who don’t care about the teachings of the Church or the temporal decisions of the Church but on their own limited minds have lost the theological virtue of Faith. Where is your Faith in Christ? Where is your Faith in the Holy Spirit guiding His Church? On your own understanding? Then you don’t have Faith, but trust in yourself. These people don’t truly seek the interest of Christ but their own interest.

Have such individual persons received the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven from God? No, have not.

“This gift of truth and never-failing faith was therefore divinely conferred on Peter and his successors in this See so that they might discharge their exalted office for the salvation of all, and so that the whole flock of Christ might be kept away by them from the poisonous food of error and be nourished with the sustenance of heavenly doctrine. Thus the tendency to schism is removed and the whole Church is preserved in unity, and, resting on its foundation, can stand firm against the gates of hell.” – (Vatican I, Chapter 4, n 7).

Each and every valid Pope has the gift if truth and never-failing faith; thus, he cannot teach heresy, be a schismatic or an apostate. Otherwise, his faith definitely is able to fail which, ironically, is heresy to state that. This teaching from Vatican I is infallible as coming from Sacred Scripture, from of the very lips of Christ Himself (Luke 22:31-32) also under the ordinary and universal Magisterium. To believe otherwise is heresy.

Will continue with the third and final part of this article.

Update: Part 3 of this article [here]

-Francisco Figueroa


[i] Gaudium Et Spes, # 35, n 1.

[ii] Vatican I; Chapter 4, # 9. Vatican II; Lumen Gentium # 25, n 3.

[iii] Lumen Gentium # 16.

[iv] (CCC# 77-78).
“They are fully incorporated in the society of the Church who, possessing the Spirit of Christ accept her entire system and all the means of salvation given to her, and are united with her as part of her visible bodily structure and through her with Christ, who rules her through the Supreme Pontiff and the bishops.” – (Lumen Gentium n. 14, 2).

[v] “An Interview With Henry Sire, Author of ‘The Dictator Pope’’’ – Minutes 0 to 1:19 mark

[vi] Universi Dominici Gregis, Introduction n 7; Chapter V #’s 73, 74; Chapber VI #’s 83, 84, 85
Second Council of Lyon # 2. On election and the power of the elected person.

[vii] 1st Dogmatic Constitution – Pastor Aeternus; Vatican I.

[viii] CCC # 936.

[ix] “On June 23, 2013, I met Pope Francis face-to-face in his apartment to ask for clarification, and the Pope asked me, “il cardinale McCarrick, com’è (Cardinal McCarrick — what do you make of him)?”– which I can only interpret as a feigning of curiosity in order to discover whether or not I was an ally of McCarrick.”.– (Archbishop Viganò’s Open Letter dated October 19, 2018, On the Feast of the North American Martyrs).

In the above quote, Archbishop Viganò is judging a soul by mere external appearances which is something that our Lord taught against (John 7:24). We can judge external acts whether they are good or bad, but we cannot judge the soul, motivations or the intentions of a person for doing such acts. A simple question by the Holy Father is not a bad act at all.

[x] “You, Holy Father, as every Catholic must do when in a state of sin, should accuse and judge yourself guilty, now, while you still have air in your lungs, and dispose of the wicked heretics and sodomites you have shamelessly collected around yourself so that they may never have a role in electing your successor.

Then as your last act in office, you should resign the papacy and spare Holy Mother Church and the People of God any further harm and evil that you could inflict upon them!” – (Church Militant Statement on the Pope).

In the above quote, Church Militant (with Michael Voris involved) is judging Pope Francis of being in the state of the sin of “shamelessly collecting wicked heretics and sodomites around himself” and compelling him to resign. “Shamelessly” means that he had no shame in doing so, thus this implying that they know that the Holy Father had bad intentions or that he is inflicting evil upon the Church. Previously in their article, they acknowledge that only God can judge the Pope, yet they disobey this infallible teaching by rash judging the state of the Supreme Pontiff with lack of true reverence, not fearing his authority (as shown with Bible passages in this article).

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