A. How can Pope Francis — the successor of Peter, the Roman pontiff, the Prince of the Apostles, the true vicar of Christ, the Head of the whole Church, the father and teacher of all Christian people — be guilty of heresy, apostasy, and idolatry, when the Church is indefectible?
[Pastor Aeternus, chap. 4, n. 2]
If the head of the Church had defected, then the Church herself would have defected. And clearly the body of Bishops supports the Pope, as few have spoken out against him. So if the head had gone astray and the body follows the head, then the Church would have gone astray — which is impossible. Therefore, neither Francis nor the body of Bishops has defected in faith, nor in doctrine or discipline.
B. How can Pope Francis be guilty of heresy, apostasy, and idolatry, when the First Vatican Council taught that every Roman Pontiff has the charism of truth and a never-failing faith?
[Pastor Aeternus, chap. 4, n. 7]
Are you rejecting the First Vatican Council as well as the Second? Or are you saying that Francis is not a valid Roman Pontiff? But is he is not a valid Pope, how do you explain that the body of Bishops has accepted him? The body accepting a false head would mean the Church had defected, which is contrary to the promise and teaching of Jesus. So he must be valid.
C. How can any person or group — such as the signatories of the various public expressions against Pope Francis — judge the Roman Pontiff to be guilty of heresy, apostasy, and idolatry, when Church teaching and law states: “The First See is judged by no one”?
[CIC 1404; Leo IX, In Terra Pax Hominibus; Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctam, 7-8]
And if you claim to not be judging the Pope, your words belie your actions: public pronouncements signed by many persons claiming a negative judgment against the Pope.
D. If Pope Francis is guilty of heresy, apostasy, and/or idolatry, is he not automatically excommunicated and therefore no longer the valid Roman Pontiff and Successor of Peter?
E. Most importantly, IF Pope Francis is guilty of apostasy, heresy, idolatry and other grave sins and errors, why do you still attend Mass at churches which acknowledge Francis as the Vicar of Christ? Why do you still receive Communion, when you are not in fact in communion with the Church led by Francis?
F. Is Pope Francis the one true valid Roman Pontiff, or not? If a Pope commits apostasy, heresy or idolatry, is he cut off from the Church and no longer Pope, or does he retain his See? How can you profess to be a member of a Church, whose Head you have rejected?
Stop wavering and make a decision. Is Pope Francis the valid Roman Pontiff or not?
Ronald L. Conte Jr.