They have already accused Pope Francis of teaching heresy and even apostasy. They have utterly rejected Francis as Teacher and Shepherd, as true Roman Pontiff, along with all his teachings. When Pope Francis approves of ordained women deacons, they will reject this decision. He will likely use Papal Infallibility to confirm the teaching. They will accuse him of apostasy and will say that he is not a valid Pope. They will depart from the one true Church, accusing the Church of being a false Church and a new false religion.
And then they will have a problem. There is no way back for them — other than to repent of their sins and accept Pope Francis as true Roman Pontiff and accept his teachings (including women deacons).
When each successive Pope and Council after Francis continues to support his teaching, the unrepentant schismatics will reject those Popes and Councils as well. No Pope or Council is going to reject a teaching of a past Pope under Papal Infallibility! Never has happened. Never will happen.
So they will remain trapped in their pride and ignorance, trapped outside the sole Ark of Salvation. The Flood waters are rising, and they are outside the Ark. There is no path back to the Church for them, except to submit their minds, hearts, and faith to Pope Francis — even after he is no longer Pope.
The papal accusers are already in a state of formal heresy and formal schism. (Some are actually apostates as they have accused the Church of being infiltrated by Satan.) They are already excommunicated latae sententiae. They sin gravely every time they receive Communion. They lead astray many souls by their sin of scandal, every time they attack the Pope. They are outside the Church (formally). Some may be in the state of grace, but the malice that so many of them have toward Pope Francis makes it hard for me to believe that they are all in the state of grace. Their vicious derision and malicious accusations seem incompatible with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
But, being outside the Church, how will they return? Only by repentance.
They think that the next conservative Pope will take their side. I think he might change the discipline of Communion, making it stricter. But that will only underscore their own prohibition from the Eucharist. I think he may make some changes to Canon Law, such as issuing severe penalties for any one who verbally attacks the Roman Pontiff and anyone who contradicts his definitive teaching. But that won’t help them either.
There is just no possibility that a future conservative Pope will take the same position toward Francis as the papal accusers. So they are stuck waiting for the hypothetical Pope or Council who will, do what? Anathematize every Pope from Francis to that future point? And what happens when a future Council confirms women deacons? The papal accusers have already rejected Vatican II. They will absolutely reject a decision of Pope Francis under papal infallibility. They will continue rejecting Popes and Councils. Their only way back, other than repentance, is to hope for a future Pope or Council to reject Francis.
Well, didn’t the Sixth Ecumenical Council accuse Pope Honorius of heresy? Not really: In Defense of Pope Honorius. Some Council Fathers tried, but they were rebuffed by Pope Saint Agatho and Pope Saint Leo II. Saint Robert Bellarmine says that Honorius and other accused Popes are all innocent of apostasy and heresy.
They have no way back. They are already gone, they just don’t admit it yet. And women deacons along with married priests will force them out of the parishes. They will finally have to admit that they are schismatics, just like the SSPX.
What’s the path back for the SSPX? Hilariously, they are hoping for a Pope or Council that will reject ALL the popes since Vatican II and that Council as well. It’s not looking good for that strategy. And it is the same strategy now adopted by the papal accusers.
Those who refuse to learn from history are doomed….