Francis to Canonize Schismatics; or, Quacks Like a Duck

Francis is adding some non-Catholic murder victims to the Roman Martyrology. They will apparently have their own Roman feast day henceforth, and the Orthodox Antipope Tawadros II has been invited to offer Sunday Mass next week in St. John Lateran, the mother Church of Rome, to help celebrate the occasion.

Translation: Schismatics are now being canonized.

But lo, this contradicts the very Spirit of the Council! Florence, that is:

[This Council] firmly believes, professes and preaches that all those who are outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans but also Jews or heretics and schismatics, cannot share in eternal life and will go into the everlasting fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless they are joined to the Catholic Church before the end of their lives… and that nobody can be saved, no matter how much he has given away in alms and even if he has shed his blood in the name of Christ, unless he has persevered in the bosom and the unity of the Catholic Church.

Ecumenical Council of Florence, Session 11

And what of the express intention and mind of the Supreme Legislator? Clement VI, that is:

[We] believe that all those who in baptism have received the same Catholic faith, and afterwards have withdrawn and will withdraw in the future from the communion of this same Roman Church, which one alone is Catholic, are schismatic and heretical, if they remain obstinately separated from the faith of this Roman Church… [and] that no man of the wayfarers outside the faith of this Church, and outside the obedience of the Pope of Rome, can finally be saved.

Pope Clement VI, Super Quibusdam

And what of the Sacred Congregations?

Joining in heretic and schismatic worship is universally prohibited by natural and divine law, from which no one has the power to dispense, and which nothing excuses. … [This holds] especially where commemoration is made of living Patriarchs and Bishops—schismatics and heretics—proclaimed as “preachers of the Catholic faith.” … Should not one believe, or at least fear, that from this fact alone [the schismatics] would be more greatly confirmed in their errors, and also be persuaded by such example that they are walking the right path to salvation? Whence it follows that it is most difficult to avoid the danger of pernicious scandal to heretics and schismatics themselves: therefore, a Catholic cannot be safe in his conscience if he so joins with them in divine worship.

Instruction of the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith (1729, n. 311)

There are almost endless condemnations of these kind of “authentic magisterial acts” regularly thrown around by Francis.

Makes one think of that other Jesuit…

If [the Pope] gives an order contrary to right customs, he should not be obeyed.

The Pope could be schismatic… if he wished to overturn the rites of the Church based on Apostolic Tradition.

Suarez, De Fide, Disp. X, Sec. VI, n. 16

Dare we hope that some Catholic Cardinal out there… anywhere… will achieve some semblance of conviction regarding his sworn duty to defend the Pope and Holy Mother Church? This is our prayer.

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