There is an interesting essay by the great Bishop Athanasius Schneider at 1Peter5 today. I’ve only had a chance briefly to scan it. However, it, even in that fast look, bore fruit. Hopefully, I can get back to it. Travel day today!
Title: On the question of a heretical pope
Here is a quick paragraph.
The Church in the very rare concrete cases of a pope committing serious theological errors or heresies could definitely live with such a pope. The practice of the Church until now was that she left the final judgment about a reigning heretical pope to his successors or to a future Ecumenical Council, such as in the case of Pope Honorius I. The same would probably have happened with Pope John XXII, if he had not retracted his error.
Bp. Schneider provides quite a bit of historical examples.
History, friends, is IMPORTANT. In the Church’s long history, we have encountered many and various problems. We always get through. In many cases we emerge stronger and clearer about who we are.
I keep saying that, when you hear something strange from your pastors – of whatever exalted level – go to your sources! Check your catechisms. Check Scripture. Get informed. These odd pronouncements are opportunities to review the old and learn what is new.
Since I am traveling, and since this is a hot topic, I’ll turn on moderation.