1.12.16

"Resistance and Fidelity to the Church in times of crisis" (Prof. Roberto de Mattei)

Prof. Roberto De Mattei's conference transcript deserves to be read in its entirety.

Many themes and references of this conference have been previously mentioned in this blog (see right-hand column - scroll down). I would like to highlight one particular issue with which I have wrestled with before and that Prof. De Mattei now puts to rest:
"The authority of the Pope has precise limits however, which cannot be ignored. Javier Hervada in his well-known manual on Constitutional Canon Law, writes: “The power of the pope is not unlimited: it is circumscribed within determined limits. The limits may regard the validity or lawfulness in his exercise of power. The limits regarding validity are given as: a) of the natural law: b) of the positive Divine law; c) of the nature and the ends of the Church”.

If the Pope oversteps these limits he deviates from the Catholic Faith. It is common doctrine that the Pope as a private doctor, may deviate from the Catholic Faith, falling into heresy. The hypothesis of a heretic Pope is treated as [a]“scholion” in all theological treatises.

It should be emphasized that the expression “private doctor” does not refer to the Supreme Pontiff’s acts of a private nature, but to his “public” function as supreme Pastor of the Church”. In his final relatio on the dogma of infallibility at the First Vatican Council, Monsignor Vincenzo Gasser (1809-1879), representative of the Deputation of the Faith, stated precisely that as a “public person” it must be understood that the Pope is speaking ex cathedra, with the intention of binding the Church to his teaching.
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And so, returning to the issue that troubled me at the time of my first attempt at dealing with the bergoglian "confusion", I must now conclude that the Pope can indeed teach heresy in his ordinary magisterium.

Prof. De Mattei goes on to explain why this does not go against the indefectibility of the Church and what does the Sensus Fidei mean in this regard (all matters that have been mentioned here before).

Curiously, he quotes the pre-March 13, 2013 writings of several Opus Dei theologians... those were the days.

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