Why The Papal Accusers Can’t Be Right

1. They say Pope Francis taught material heresy and other grave errors on doctrine and discipline.

This claim is itself heresy as it contradicts the dogma that the Pope has immunity from error.

See the Teachings here.

2. They say Pope Francis has committed formal heresy.

This claim is itself heresy as it contradicts the dogma that the Pope has a never failing faith (Vatican I; ordinary and universal Magisterium).

3. They say that Pope Francis was not validly elected, therefore he is not a valid Pope.

This claim is heresy as it contradicts the dogma of the indefectibility of the Church. Pope Francis has been accepted as Roman Pontiff by the body of Bishops. If an antipope were ever accepted by the body of Bishops, the Church would have defected, which is not possible. Therefore, Pope Francis was always a valid Pope.

4. They say that Pope Francis lost his validity (if he ever was validly elected) by committing apostasy.

This claim is heresy as it contradicts the dogma of the indefectibility of the Church, as well as the dogma that the Pope has a never-failing faith. He can never commit apostasy, heresy, or schism. So no valid Pope can ever lose his validity and turn into an antipope.

5. They say that the Church has been infiltrated by Satan or by evil persons or organizations.

This claim is heresy, as it contradicts the indefectibility of the Church. Moreover, the claim that Satan has infiltrated the Church at the level of Popes, Vatican II, the Magisterium, as well as discipline is apostasy, as nothing substantial would remain of the true Faith if the Church were infiltrated by Satan. The claim is also blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, as the Church is the body of Christ with the Holy Spirit as Her soul. She cannot be possessed by Satan just as Christ cannot be possessed by Satan.

6. They say that the Church has become a new Church or a new religion.

This claim is heresy, contrary to the indefectibility of the Church.

7. They accuse Pope Francis of all manner of grave errors, heresies, and of apostasy — and they accuse the body of Bishops with him.

These claims are contrary to dogma, but also contrary to the words of our Lord:

{16:18} And I say to you, that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.

If Peter or any of his successors could fail in faith or teach grave error or lead the Church astray in any way, then these words of Christ would be false. There cannot be some Popes who are the Rock and other Popes who are sand. A Pope who is the Rock cannot turn into a pile of sand.

{16:19} And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound, even in heaven. And whatever you shall release on earth shall be released, even in heaven.”

Christ did not give the keys of the kingdom of heaven to Satan, nor to someone controlled by Satan. Therefore, Satan cannot infiltrate the Church at the level of Popes or Councils or discipline or doctrine.

{22:32} But I have prayed for you, so that your faith may not fail, and so that you, once converted, may confirm your brothers.”

Christ’s prayer effects a never-failing faith in each Roman Pontiff and in the body of Bishops (only as a body), therefore, the Pope and the body of Bishops are indefectible and have a never-failing faith. They can never lead us astray, nor commit apostasy, heresy, or schism.

The accusations of the papal accusers imply that the Lord is a liar, or that He is too weak to keep His promises.

8. They claim that Pope Honorius, Pope John XXII and other Popes committed or taught heresy.

Saint Robert Bellarmine defended all those Popes against the charges of heresy and apostasy, and he concluded that the grace of God does not permit any Popes to teach or commit heresy, nor to fall into apostasy.

* In Defense of Honorius
* The Innocence of Pope John XXII

When some fathers of the sixth Ecumenical Council wanted to accuse Pope Honorius of heresy, Pope Saint Agatho intervened to teach them that:

“Under his protecting shield, this Apostolic Church of his has never turned away from the path of truth in any direction of error” and that the Church “remains undefiled unto the end” and that “the evangelical and apostolic uprightness of the orthodox faith, which has been established upon the firm rock of this Church of blessed Peter, the Prince of the Apostles” “by his grace and guardianship remains free from all error”.

The Letter was accepted by the Council and is therefore part of the Ecumenical Council’s formal infallible teachings. Then after Pope Agatho died, some Council fathers renewed the attempt to accuse Honorius of heresy. But when they submitted this accusation to Pope Saint Leo II, with the rest of the Council’s works for his approval, he changed the accusation from heresy to mere negligence in defending the faith. A teaching or decision of an Ecumenical Council is not formally of the Council, nor is it binding on anyone, until and unless approved by the Roman Pontiff. The Pope did not approve of the accusation of heresy against Honorius, but only an accusation of negligence.

And subsequent Councils did not, as some claim, renew the accusation of heresy, but only continued the same criticism for negligence.

9. Paul corrected Peter.

Yes, Saint Paul the Apostle corrected Peter, once, briefly, for an error in his personal behavior.

Paul did NOT accuse Peter of apostasy, heresy, or schism, of teaching grave error, of grave errors in discipline, of turning the Catholic faith into a new religion and new Church, of being influenced or controlled by Satan, of having been elected by a plan of Satan, of being part of the infiltration of the Church by Satan, nor of any of the other exaggerated and sinful false accusations made against Pope Francis.

Why don’t you all change your accusations against Pope Francis into an accusation like that of Paul?

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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1 Response to Why The Papal Accusers Can’t Be Right

  1. Alex says:

    I think that from now on, they will object every word of pope Francis, and the bigger works such as encyclicals, exhortations and others, will be branded “heretical”, no matter what is inside. Perhaps many of those people wouldn’t even read them, before pronouncing the word “heresy”. Those people and especially their leaders but not only, are born from their father Satan, as Jesus said. In a way, it is good they show themselves in daylight. The Church does not need them. Others will receive grace to join instead.

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