A smaller but purer Church (Part 2)-A A +A
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
WITH Steve Jalsevac writing for LifeSite News (http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/benedicts-renunciation-and-the-wolves-w...), I believe that the renunciation by the Pope is not surrender, but a strategic retreat in preparation for the death blow to modernism.
The renunciation by Pope Benedict XVI, therefore, far from being an occasion for rejoicing among dissenters, should cause them to do some very hard thinking: “Are my beliefs worth putting my salvation on the line?”
In the first place, I doubt if even dissenters entertain the hope of heaven if they cut themselves off from the Church. That’s why dissenters never leave, hanging around in the hope that the some dramatic change will happen in the Church that’ll see their most cherished “reform” in place: contraception, abortion, divorce, same-sex unions, fornication, pornography, prostitution, euthanasia, non-celibate priesthood, and more.
In the second place, all it’ll take is a cursory look at the general performance of Popes and ecumenical councils down the centuries for one to realize that there had not been any Pope or ecumenical council that contradicted the teachings of another Pope or ecumenical council.
While it’s fashionable to cite the supposed disconnect between Pope Pius XII and Pope John Paul II on evolution; or the supposed disconnect between pre-Vatican II and post-Vatican II teaching on such issues as slavery, just war or usury; or even Pope John Paul II’s apologies for the Church’s handling of the Galileo case, a close study would soon show that there is none.
And what are the lessons to be gleaned from the two givens above? There are a couple of lessons.
One is that the Church does not change her teaching on anything. You’ve heard it said about the Church changing her stand on slavery, then on usury, but these are not true.
Another is that the Church, in keeping with her mandate from Jesus Christ, will want to see everyone in heaven. The Church, however, will not change any of her teachings just so no one ever gets to miss heaven.
All this, in my opinion, figured into the considerations of Pope Benedict XVI, the same considerations which, again, in my opinion, brought him to the conclusion: the best way to go about this is to have a much younger Pope take over.
Were it true that the above is precisely what’s happening, I’m sure that, before the Pope made his move, he’d already have laid down the framework. Of course, this whole thing would fall flat on its face were the Pope to have no control as to the outcome, so the Pope must have already secured this little detail so crucial for the success of the plan: his successor must be one that’s every bit like him, a clone.
Let me mention again, that the new Pope need come from the present ranks of cardinals, so it’s plain that there’s much leeway the Pope can move around in terms of the new Pope’s age. Add to this is the fact that approximately half of the present 118 voting cardinals are Pope Benedict XVI appointees, with the other half that of Pope John Paul II’s.
While every cardinal is free to vote as he pleases accountable only to God, these cardinals can be expected to be Pope Benedict XVI or Pope John Paul II’s clone. In other words, conservative.
What’s to be expected in all this? Well, I expect the next few years to be the defining moment of the Church. For so long, dissenters of all kinds have run rampage over the Catholic horizon, wreaking on Mother Church with impunity, capitalizing on the natural goodness of the Pope.
No longer. I expect the new Pope to draw the line between being a good Catholic and a bad one. I’m afraid that’ll inevitably result in a decimated Church.
Yes, it will be a Church way, way smaller, but it will also be a Church that’s way, way purer, precisely how the Founder intended it to be.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 27, 2013.