So if you understand the Catholic Faith so well that you are fit to judge and reject Pope Francis and/or the Second Vatican Council, why do you refuse to answer important questions about the Faith? You complain that Pope Francis never answered the Dubia of the four Cardinals, yet you refuse to answer questions yourselves. Here are the questions I have for those who think they understand the Faith better than Popes and Councils. The questions are arranged in sets:
1. Is Pope Francis a valid Roman Pontiff and has he committed formal heresy?
A. Can a Pope commit heresy, and if he does, what happens next?
B. Is Pope Francis a heretic?
C. If Pope Francis is not a heretic, why do you oppose him?
D. If he is a heretic, is he still the valid Roman Pontiff?
E. If Pope Francis is not the valid Pope, was he ever valid?
2. Was the Second Vatican Council a valid Ecumenical Council?
A. If so, why do you reject it?
B. If not, how can a gathering of the Roman Pontiff and the body of Bishops not be a valid Council?
C. If we are to judge the teachings of Popes and Councils, so as to decide which to accept and which to reject, how are we in any way different from the Protestants, who only accept what they think is right?
D. Have any other Councils of the Church taught grave error?
E. Does not the whole Faith collapse if Popes and Councils can err gravely on faith, morals, or salvation?
3. Which adults are saved?
A. Can non-Catholic Christians (Protestant, Orthodox) die in the state of grace and go to Heaven, if they do not convert to Catholicism?
B. Can non-Christian believers (Jews, Muslims, etc.) die in the state of grace and go to Heaven, if they do not convert to Christianity?
C. Can non-believers (atheists, agnostics, pagans) die in the state of grace and go to Heaven, if they do not convert to belief in God?
In my view, those who believe in folk religions, Hinduism, pagan religions, where there are many gods and goddesses are essentially like atheists and agnostics as their concept of God is so far from the truth as to be little different from unbelief.
4. Which children are saved?
A. Do prenatals who die in the womb, unbaptized, go to Heaven, or to the limbo of Hell, or to limbo as a third final destination that is neither Heaven nor a part of Hell?
B. Do unbaptized infants go to Heaven, the limbo of Hell, or to limbo as a third separate place?
C. And the same question for young children, toddlers up to the pre-teen years.
5. Does every Roman Pontiff have the gift of truth and a never failing faith just as the First Vatican Council taught in Pastor Aeternus?
A. If so, why do you accuse Popes of failing in faith and of teaching grave errors?
B. If not, how do you explain that an Ecumenical Council would err so gravely in this teaching?
Ronald L. Conte Jr.
I suspect each individual Traditionalist would answer each question differently from the others. There would be hundreds of Traditionalist sects, just as there are hundreds of Protestant sects.