PopeWatch is breaking Thanksgiving hiatus for this post. Thanks to co-blogger Bob Kurland who brought this to the attention of PopeWatch:
In an important interview that was overlooked last month, a Vatican theologian said that unless Pope Francis corrects himself and reaffirms Church teaching on morals, the faith, and the sacraments, “the apostasy will deepen and the de facto schism will widen.”
To address the current crisis, he suggested that an examination of the “juridical validity” of Pope Benedict’s XVI’s resignation was in order to “overcome problems that today seem insurmountable to us.” The theologian consultor to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints was implying that further study of the situation could reveal that Francis is not and has never been a valid pope, but is, in fact, an antipope who could be removed from the papacy, thus nullifying his “insurmountable” errors.
Msgr. Nicola Bux, a former consultor to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Benedict XVI, made the remarkable comments in an in-depth interview with Vatican reporter Aldo Maria Valli, the same reporter who interviewed Archbishop Carlo Viganò before he accused the pope of covering up clerical sexual misconduct in a stunning eleven-page letter back in August.
Go here to read the rest. Was Pope Benedict forced out against his will? PopeWatch doubts this was the case, but if it were, then the resignation would be null and Pope Francis would be an anti-Pope. Half a decade later, with the Pope Emeritus still alive and kicking, the given reason for the resignation, ill health, looks more dubious with each passing day. Was Pope Benedict subject to black mail? Considering what has gone on at the Vatican during this pontificate, PopeWatch would put absolutely nothing beyond the gangsters currently at the head of the True Faith. Unpleasant thoughts right before Thanksgiving, but reality is always best dealt with straight on, something sadly lacking in the Church currently.