4 thoughts on “The Sense and Scope of Schism: A Pre-Vatican II Canonist Speaks”

  1. Is someone, who is convinced that Bergoglio is an antipope, in schism (or in mortal sin) when he nevertheless places himself in communion with an antipope via the una cum in the Mass? What would you say?

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    • Here is a response that may help you with your question:

      “In my judgment, a priest who foolishly believes a heretic can be a valid pope can still himself remain in the Catholic Church, provided that he reject all the heresies professed by that ‘pope’, and refuses to be in obedience to that heretic. Such a priest would be in error about the identity of the pope, but would not be formally in the synodal sect. He must be formally Catholic and separate from the synodal sect and reject all the synodalist heresies in the manner that Archbishop Lefebvre rejected the Conciliar Church. There would still be a spiritual danger attending his Masses, and some danger of scandal too, by creating the appearance that Bergoglio’s ‘church’ is the Catholic Church, and that the priest and those who attend his Mass are in communion with the “synodal church”. At some point, (which we may already have reached), all faithful Catholics will have to stop attending Masses of priests who create the impression that Bergoglio is the pope.”

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      • “At some point, (which we may already have reached), all faithful Catholics will have to stop attending Masses of priests who create the impression that Bergoglio is the pope.”

        How to know when that time is truly here? All the “Resistance” Priests and Bishops already have no relationship with Rome and operate under supplied jurisdictions for everything, but as far as I know, each one believes Bergoglio is Pope to some degree.

        It seems the only option would be to go to some Sedevacantist group unless there are some individual priests that recognize all Pope prior to “Francis” as true Popes or at least possible doubtful Popes.

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        • When the time is truly here is different for different people because of different circumstances. The red line for everybody will be once the schism becomes formal.

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