With a heavy heart, I invite us to join anew in prayer for our Holy Father and our Church. Never in the history of the Church has there been a conference focused on the topic of how to depose a heretical pope. On March 17th at Life Site News, it was reported that canon lawyers and theologians will hold a conference in two weeks in Paris, entitled: “Deposing the Pope: Theological Premises, Canonical Models, Constitutional Challenge.”
This news evoked such sadness that I reached out to Yong Duk, asking if he would write for us on this development. We are so blessed with his wise and heartening shepherd’s voice:
Let me pray on this, Beckita.
My heart is telling me that we have hit a junction that Charlie has spoken of before which the Bible speaks of time and again.
Recall yesterday’s Gospel (Friday of the Second Week of Lent: Mt 21:33-43;45-46).
The Pharisees and the Chief Priests.
We saw it under John Paul II from the one side and now we are seeing it from the other side under Pope Francis.
Where is the docility? Yes it is the responsibility of the theologians to speculate and to ponder tough questions but always under Docility to the Holy Spirit and, thus, also to the Church.
Many have spoken on the need that there has to be a necessary Hardening of Hearts. That is God’s way. Look at yesterday’s Office of Readings (Exodus 19:1-19;20:18-21). The same with the Pharaoh. The same with the Pharisees and Chief Priests. The same Today. Then look at the Second Reading from St. Iraneus’ Against Heresies: the Covenant of the Lord.
To go to Hell, one need be perfect in one’s choice, have chosen freely, and to have known what was chosen. The Perfection of a Soul in a radical Choice, a Moral Act, against Charity, against Love, against the Holy Spirit, against Communion and against the Communion of Saints.
That is the Hardening and it is necessary again within the Body of Christ, just as it was 2,000 years ago against Christ.
Then the Crucifixion. Then the Resurrection. The Church is necessarily going through the Same.
O let us pray anew for Pope Francis and our Church!