We won't be satisfied with "pope-spray," as we wait for a "future pope or council." Either the pope is the standard of the faith or he is nothing.
Here, however, we encounter the question whether the Holy Ghost has allowed the Church to be afflicted for a time by a de facto antipope whose election cannot be contested and whose papacy must be presumed valid until such time as a successor Pope or Council declares otherwise. On that vexed issue, in my view, we can have nothing definitive to say, meaning nothing by which the Church as a whole could gain operative certitude and proceed accordingly. What is certain, however, is that this Pope must be opposed in his efforts to undermine the Faith.
Dr. Chojnowski: The above quotation comes from Chris Ferrara's latest article on the Remnant website, "Inspiration or Calculation." Because I cannot stand to read the sophistic sameness of his articles, which are always directed to leading the faithful no where, I will only refer to the above paragraph, sent to me by a friend.
The idea that Chris Ferrara thinks that he has "nothing definitive to say," is just laughable. Since when has he had nothing to say? He is always ready to tell us where the "hierarchy of the Catholic Church" is wrong and how and why we are to oppose them. I cannot help but believe that this is Chris' latest position of deceit. Not only are we daily barraged with that which gives us "operative certitude" about the apostasy we find everywhere, but we have shown in the last couple of blog posts that the Church actually encourages us to use our reason, not by making up our own dogmas or rules, not by pretending to assume a universal jurisdiction which God has clearly not given us, but by APPLYING THE TEACHINGS AND THE RULES THAT THE CHURCH HAS DEFINITIVELY AND PERENNIALLY GIVEN US, in order to decide where we stand, what ought we believe, who ought we be in communion with, and what and whom we ought to obey. You, Chris, decide every issue of the Remnant these questions for "The Remnant." It is YOU who decide what the status of Francis is and malign or dismiss all those who disagree with you about this issue. You act like this conclusion that you have given us, was somehow a defined doctrine or part of canon law --- it is not. It never was and it will never be. Identify one canon or encyclical in which we are told, we are facing a situation in which, "a de facto antipope whose election cannot be contested and whose papacy must be presumed valid until such time as a successor Pope or Council declares otherwise." So if we should follow the NORMAL attitude of a Roman Catholic, that we are to obey the pope in all matters of faith, morals, liturgy, devotion, Church law, etc., instead of the new view which would have us waiting for the next issue of the Remnant or Catholic Family News in order to know what we are to believe and do as Catholics in the moment, we would cease to read the Remnant or Catholic Family News. If a pope teaches that it is immoral not to recycle, then it is immoral not to recycle! How would we know that this future Catholic pope's judgment on his predecessor, would be any more infallible than were his predecessors decisions on matters of faith and morals, in Vatican II, etc. There is no infallibility when judging the legitimacy of a predecessors claim to the papacy, and yet, there is infallibility in the pope's exercise of his ordinary and extraordinary magisterium. So in order to check infallible acts --- like canonizations -- we must wait for non-infallible acts? Why in the world would we Catholics even have a living Magisterium or a highly exact and clearly articulated doctrine, entrusted not only to the hierarchy but to all of the faithful at baptism, if we could not apply that doctrine to the situations that we find ourselves in now? Isn't salvation, for a Catholic, dependent upon submission to the Roman Pontiff?