Schism, Reactionaries, And Nuking This Papacy.
When you have time (you will need a good half hour; make a tea…) you can do much worse than head to Louie Verrecchio’s site and watch two videos: Michael Voris’ latest “take” on orthodox Catholics, and Louie Verrecchio’s reply to it. Mr Verrecchio has announced a further video, so I suggest you see this first part soon so you don’t have to catch up with too much material.
I will allow myself here to add some points that I think should be said. I refer to Mr Verrecchio’s – as always – excellent reply concerning all the rest.
On the accusation of “Schism”
Plenty of material on this on the linked site. I merely point out that according to Voris St Athanasius and St. Eusebius, and all the others who sided with them, were Schismatics. Voris creates a straw man, and builds a fifteen minutes video against it.
On the “razor’s edge”
There is in the video a very embarrassed acknowledgment that the SSPX & Co. have the right diagnoses. Unfortunately, the solution would be wrong, and it would be preferable to be on the “razor’s edge” of being loyal to both orthodoxy and heterodoxy.
This razor doesn’t cut it. The principle of non-contradiction does not allow to be loyal to the Pope in his heterodox statements (of which there are hundreds) and to claim loyalty to the Church otherwise. If you are with Christ, you must be against Francis in each and every one of his wrong statements. And you must say so, lest you become an accomplice in his sins. There truly can be no way out. The Papacy is not a lesser religion. The Pope is not a lesser divinity. If Christ is right, Francis must be wrong. There are no razor’s edges here. There can only be siding with Truth, or with falseness.
On the legitimacy of the Pope
Besides the straw man of the “Schism”, the other big mistake of Mr Voris – hopefully the fruit of confusion – is to put in the same big “Reactionary” wok both the Traditionalists and all those who, in various guise, deny that Francis is Pope.
The SSPX does not deny that Francis is Pope. They do not deny that the organisation sitting in Rome is the Only Church. When they meet Vatican officials, they do so from a position of full acknowledgment of their role as Bishops, Cardinals, Monsignors & Co. There is nothing in the SSPX that says the See is Vacant. The SSPX’s position is shared by the Remnant, by Mr Verrecchio, by most other “reactionary” blogs and, unworthily of course, by your humble correspondent. To put the two positions together is a muddling of the waters.
On the attitude towards this Pope
There is a rather disquieting trait in the way in which Voris – and many others – keep talking of Francis as if touching him were some horrible offense to Holy Mother Church. We must be logical here.
God is the supreme Good. Everything else is infinitely inferior to him. An offense made to God’s Truth is an offense of infinite gravity. This is true already in the case of the quisque de populo. How much more so, then, if the one causing the offense is the very Pope!
If you love the Church, you must perforce react to offenses to the Church with all the energy the gravity of the fact allows. You must demolish the source of the offense in every permissible way. If you love the Papacy – let me state this again: if you love the Papacy – you must perforce react with outmost energy to the parody of the Papacy this man is staging, day in and day out.
If the King becomes a porn actor, the attack to the King is not an attack to the Crown; it is its defense.
This papacy must be nuked. Not the papacy, mind. This papacy. Not the Crown. The porn actor.
The most effective way to deal with a mortal enemy is his physical destruction, or at least military defeat. The second is contempt and ridicule.
I recognise that Francis is legitimately Pope. He enjoys physical inviolability. We can, therefore, not advocate the forced remotion of the man from his office through, say, a Swiss Guard coup. We would also be in mortal sin if we willfully and sincerely wished that the man may be given, say, a “Sicilian coffee”. We can – some would say: should – pray for his painless death, or for the Lord to free us from this Pontificate; but that’s that.
But the other way, that is certainly open to us. The second most effective way to deal with this papacy is to bury it under a mountain of ridicule, exposing its falseness day in and day out, making him the butt of jokes, taking every credibility away from him as we, by the very act, extol the importance, dignity, and sacredness of the Papacy he betrays.
If Francis’ senseless rants were met every time with open laughter and public ridicule, they would end very soon. The fuel of his heretical engine is vanity. Destroy his agenda, and he will cease to be a danger. Destroy him in his vanity, and you will destroy his motivation to be a danger in the first place.
This man, whilst still being the Pope, defies every expectation of what a Pope is supposed to be. It is an entirely new situation, a completely new ball game. Our answer to him must be as unprecedented in its harshness as he is unprecedented in the scale, variety and public diffusion of his attacks to Catholic orthodoxy.
Yes, I am a proud Reactionary.
And I think this papacy must be nuked.