The one holy Catholic Church is Apostolic. She is only that Church led by the successors of Peter and the successors of the other Apostles, the body of Bishops. The Church can never be a remnant of self-proclaimed “faithful” who are separate from the successors to the Apostles. She is always Apostolic. That is one way that we identify the true Church. The true Church is also catholic, meaning universal. Again, the Church cannot be these few faithful in one corner of the world. She is the worldwide Church led by the successors of Peter and the other Apostles throughout the world.
Previously, Vigano accused Francis of apostasy, and stopped referring to him as Pope. Vigano does not believe that “Bergoglio” is the valid Roman Pontiff.
Recently, Bishop Carlo Vigano openly denied the Apostolic nature of the Church. “The Church of Christ has nothing to do with those who, for the past sixty years, have executed a plan to occupy her.” [Scapegoating Francis]
Vigano rejects the Vatican Council and the Popes since that time. He is a sedevacantist. He might deny this by making a pretense of holding recent Pope other than Francis to be valid. But his words speak for themselves. If the Church has nothing to do with those who occupy Her, meaning those who teach what Vatican II taught, that includes all the recent Popes, including John Paul One, who chose the name John Paul to continue the work of the Council.
To Vigano, “the Bergoglian anti-church” began with Vatican II and is the fruit of its flower. “For sixty years, we have witnessed the eclipse of the true Church by an anti-church….”
Now what Vigano proposes cannot be true. For the Church is always Apostolic. If the Church led by the successors of the Apostles — all the Popes and Bishops who support and follow Vatican II — were an anti-Church, what would be the true Church? The Church must be universal and apostolic. And so the true Church cannot be a few schismatic Bishops who reject Francis and reject the body of Bishops. The true Church can only be that which is led by Pope after Pope and by the Bishops in communion with the Pope worldwide. By rejecting this fundamental nature of the Church, Her universal and apostolic nature, Vigano denies that the true Church is Apostolic. He denies also that it is universal, the body of Bishops dispersed in the world, led by the Pope. And therefore, Vigano rejects the indefectibility of the Church. He thinks the universal apostolic Church has become an anti-Church, and the true Church is led by a handful of scattered Bishops who can’t agree among themselves about anything, and a few schismatic media outlets and some of their readership. That is not a Church.
Vigano: “But with the Second Vatican Council, the darkness of this spurious entity came over the Church.”
Every Ecumenical Council is infallible in its teachings on faith and morals, as Bellarmine and Ludwig Ott have taught. So Vatican II could not be the beginning of an anti-Church led by the successors to the Apostles.
Vigano then praises the schismatics Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and his cohort. And he claims to believe in the indefectibility of the Church. But if any single Council or Pope ever went astray from the true faith, or if as Vigano claims, a Council, a series of Popes, and the body of Bishops since Vatican II, all went astray, then the Church would have defected. What sense would it make to have a Church that is indefectible, if Councils, Popes, and the body of Bishops could all become an anti-Church?
The god that Vigano worships is not all-powerful; he is a weak and short-sighted god invented by Vigano’s own weak faithless mind.
The true God is all-powerful, and so He is able to keep every Ecumenical Council from all errors on faith and morals, and from grave errors on discipline and prudential judgment. He is able to preserve the Church by the Rock of the successive Popes, who each have the charism of truth and never failing faith. Thus, by grace and providence does God sweetly and easily keep the Church exceedingly secure against the gates of Hell.
Why does it seem to Vigano has if the Church has become an anti-Church? because Vigano is a heretic and schismatic. Why does it seem to the leaders of the anti-Francis Catholic media outlets that Francis has taught grave error? because are heretics and schismatics. They are looking at the true holy Catholic Apostolic Church through heresy-colored glasses, and so the Church looks heretical. But it is not. It is only their lack of faith that leads them to reject Pope after Pope and Council after Council.
Vigano is lying. He does not only reject Vatican II. He rejects the teachings of Vatican I on the never-failing faith of the Popes and the graces of God that keep the Apostolic see unblemished by any error. He rejects the teaching of the Council of Trent that not only baptized Christians are children of God by spiritual adoption, but also all those who are in the state of grace by a baptism of desire. And, as the Church has taught for a very long time, this desire may be implicit.
Therefore, the gay persons condemned by conservatives for living in sin may be in a state of grace and may be on the path to Heaven, despite their objective mortal sins. But the schismatics and heretics who attack the Pope and the Church with such malice as Vigano displays have no excuses. They cannot claim invincible ignorance, as they know that the Church teaches. Prostitutes and tax collectors are getting into the kingdom of heaven before them. If gay persons cannot be in invincible ignorance, then how can Bishops and priests (who oppose the Pope) be in invincible ignorance? They will be judged by the measure that they have chosen to judge others.
The issue about civil unions is not so much legal, and it is soteriological. If gay persons living together can be in the state of grace and be saved, by a sincere conscience, perhaps the State should leave them alone, and let them live according to freedom of religion and of conscience. But the papal accusers believe that such persons are not saved, as they confuse objective mortal sin with actual mortal sin. They believe such persons are condemned by their objective behavior, regardless of conscience. So then, how will these schismatics and heretics be judged by God? And if they are merciless to others, will they ask for mercy before God?
What would Jesus say? The same thing He said to the woman caught in adultery. Do not stone these persons, with words or actions. Teach them the truth on faith and morals. But do not force them to live contrary to their consciences.
Pope Leo XIII, 1890: “Bishops are deprived of the right and power of ruling, if they deliberately secede from Peter and his successors; because, by this secession, they are separated from the foundation on which the whole edifice must rest. They are therefore outside the edifice itself; and for this very reason they are separated from the fold, whose leader is the Chief Pastor; they are exiled from the Kingdom, the keys of which were given by Christ to Peter alone.”
Blessed Pope Pius IX, 1873, on those who reject the teachings of the First Vatican Council: “For these writings attack and pervert the true power of jurisdiction of the Roman Pontiff and the bishops, who are the successors of blessed Peter and the apostles; they transfer it instead to the people, or, as they say, to the community. They obstinately reject and oppose the infallible magisterium both of the Roman Pontiff and of the whole Church in teaching matters. Incredibly, they boldly affirm that the Roman Pontiff and all the bishops, the priests and the people conjoined with him in the unity of faith and communion fell into heresy when they approved and professed the definitions of the Ecumenical Vatican Council. Therefore they deny also the indefectibility of the Church and blasphemously declare that it has perished throughout the world and that its visible Head and the bishops have erred.”