Last week, one of the most liberal priests in this diocese was going around gloating because he had heard Pope Francis was removing Cardinal Burke soon. Lord help us if true.
If he does that, then it will throw the Church into mega confusion. It will be Avingnon all over again. I was praying for Cardinal Burke to be elected our Pope and knew something was wrong when the white smoke went up. My first thought was, “It’s too soon. Something is wrong.” I don’t know why I thought that, but it popped into my head.
I have recently been reading many Papal Encyclicals such as “Quo Primum” and “Cum Ex Apostolatus Officio,” as well as Encyclicals against Modernism by Gregory XVI, Pius IX, Leo XIII, Pius XI, Pius XII as well as St. Pius X, all found in a book called “The Popes Against Modern Errors.” Much food for thought.
When one reads the actual encyclicals, one progresses natuarally to the conclusion that everything since Vatican II, including the Novus Ordo, is infected with the heresy of Modernism. The Encyclical “Cum Ex Apostolatus Offficio” deals with “what happens when the Pope or some other member of the clergy is a heretic?” Short answer: they have no authority and everything they say and do is null and void.