The Pope And The Bus Driver
I haven’t been reading anything stupid from Pope Modernist The First lately. I do not doubt he has said something stupid, and I do not doubt his thinking is fundamentally stupid; but the stupidity has not paved his way to something I would actually read.
Now, think of a bus driver. You don’t write a blog post because the bus showed up at your bus station. You don’t praise a bus driver for showing up in the morning, and driving the bus. Driving buses is his job and duty, what his employer and the community simply expect from him.
Forgive me, therefore, for not writing blog posts saying: “phew! Today the Pope has said something that was actually all right!” I do not write blog posts every time my car’s engine does its job, either.
If memory serves, Pope Honorius was condemned as a heretic because of the content of one single letter he had written. I do not doubt his conduct must have been scandalous on more occasions than one, but please reflect that one piece of written evidence was enough to have him condemned as heretic for all generations to come.
If Honorius could be condemned for one piece of evidence, think what the successors of Francis will do of him when, eventually, sanity comes back. They will atomise him, that’s what they’ll do.
Therefore, our attention must be focused on the heretical statements this Pope has already abundantly disseminated, let alone those he will continue to disseminate. At times, he will show at work on time and drive his Catholic bus. Most of the times, hopefully. But heresy – or even being a catastrophe of a Pope, if you are so astonishingly gently inclined – is not something you weight against orthodoxy. “Of the last 100 public statements of the Pope only eleven contained Neo-Modernist or Modernist elements” isn’t really a great show of orthodoxy.
This man accepted to become the Pope. As such, he must do what is expected from him. His Employer requires it, and the general public also has a justified expectation that he discharges his duty faithfully.
If one piece of evidence was enough to condemn Honorius, single episodes of orthodoxy cannot be enough to exculpate Francis in the face of the chaos he has created.
Stay vigilant. The driver of this bus will show up at your bus station most of the times; but he doesn’t think much of the Highway Code.