Instead of bishop’s walking out on the Synod of Death, maybe we should be calling for Pope Benedict to intervene? October 19, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, different religion, disaster, General Catholic, Papa, Revolution, scandals, SOD, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church.
The problem with the Synod is not, so much, the bishops. Or there appears to be significant resistance from the bishops. I’ve seen some tweets and other coverage the past few days that indicate Pope Francis has lost the support of a large majority of the Synod in recent days (if he ever had it). Sure, staging a walkout would be a huge slap in the face and a very public rebuke, but I imagine – or maybe it’s hope run wild – that the rebukes have been communicated in many other ways, including the now famous intervention of 13 cardinals. But the only response we’ve seen from Pope Francis is a doubling down on the radical rhetoric and programs for irreformable revolution inflicted on the Church.
That’s because, ultimately, this entire revolution of the past 30 months rises and sets with one man: Pope Francis. And because no one else in the Church, in normal circumstances, has anything like the power and influence of a pope, no matter what the bishops do, a stubborn, ideologically-motivated pope could always just do what he was going to do, anyways. And, we really don’t know just how much support or opposition Pope Francis has for his very, very broad program of reform cum revolution among the episcopate. It appears most Synod fathers are opposed, but the Synod represents maybe 5% of the world’s bishops. Certainly there is great division in the episcopate, but overall Francis could surely find hundreds or thousands of bishop-supporters for even the most egregious acts.
However, there is a bit of an ace card on the side of orthodoxy. We are not living in normal circumstances in the Church. There is another living pontiff. Not only is he living, but by all available evidence, one must believe that he is bitterly opposed to much of the program being laid out by his successor. And even though I know many are loathe to consider this aspect, I suspect largely to preserve their faith, there is increasing evidence that not only was Pope Benedict forced to abdicate under extreme duress, but that the election of his successor was badly compromised by illicit politicking and conniving among the modernist element in the Church (just as, very explosively, a new book claims the election of Pope Paul VI was).
Now, Pope Emeritus Benedict is probably about as constitutionally unlikely to make any kind of dramatic intervention against the revolution taking place as can be imagined. For one, he may well be a broken man. Secondly, even if not, he has never favored the dramatic gesture Thirdly, for all his problems as pontiff (don’t they seem rather small today!), he is very cognizant and appears to have great respect for precedent and he has a sense of propriety and respect for the office of Pope that would almost certainly keep him from announcing his views on the process to unalterably remake the Church that appears rapidly heading towards a conclusion.
But what if there were to be a great groundswell of faithful Catholic voices asking him to intervene in some manner? What if a petition could be put together and widely advertised that garnered a million-plus signatures in the next few weeks? What if that petition called on him not to contest the office of papacy, but to simply comment on and (one would hope) refute many of the radical notions being promoted by Pope Francis? Would not such opposition from another living Pontiff gravely compromise the modernist’s efforts?
Does anyone think this could have a remote chance of succeeding, on either level? That is to say, could Pope Benedict be moved to make a statement or statements, and might that be sufficient to derail the ongoing “reform?” Would such an intervention cause more division and angst than any good that might result? As to that, I’m of a mind that desperate times make for desperate measures……I think any possible unknown bad stemming from an intervention is outweighed by the bad we see staring us in the face at present.
Having said that, I would bet my house that Pope Benedict has already been approached by more orthodox prelates a number of times and has probably refused to intervene just as often. So maybe my idea is a pipe dream. But to me it seems more likely to disrupt the ongoing revolution than a walkout or any other intervention I can imagine.
Obviously, our prime warfare against any ongoing revolution must be spiritual. But that does not mean we are blocked from using human means.
What say you?