Francis is Pope: Stop Looking For The Emergency Exit!

Cadaver Synod, January 897.

Cadaver Synod, January 897.



One of the very many beauties of the Only Church is that it is always so logical. One of the effects of this beautifully logical edifice is that Catholic thinking does not bring anyone to go against sound common sense in matter pertaining the way she is run and functions. of course, Christianity itself seems to fly in the face of reality in certain things – and only at first sight, whereas a deeper and well-instructed look actually discloses a world of deeper wisdom -; but as to everyday decisions and the way the Church runs her course, one can say that robust common sense is always the best way to recognise how the Church thinks.

Common sense tells us that Francis is the Pope, because if it looks like a pope, swims like a pope, and quacks like a pope, then it probably is a pope. You know Francis is Pope. You know it with the same immediacy with which you know that that thing up in the sky is the Moon. It’s there. That’s it. 

Unfortunately, whilst the existence of the moon is not particularly obnoxious to everyone, the existence of this particular pope is a tragedy to every sincere and well-instructed Catholic. True as this certainly is, it does not mean that we can cancel this Papacy out of existence more than we could the Moon. He’s there. That’s it.

Every now and then, this or that ground is advanced to explain why the Pope would not be the Pope, which to me always seems like being told that the Moon is actually a squirrel. The last wave of delusion took its course when cardinal Danneels, succumbing to an obvious attack of “I am the Queen of England”-itis, decided to come out of the closet as the self-appointed Great Manipulator of the 2013 conclave which gave us the Evil Clown.

Predictably, the Emergency Exit fans were all excited. Alas, they must not know much of Church history, or else believe the popes of the past were elected by way of the Holy Ghost spreading some kind of Sanctity Dust over the head of the electors. If they knew the truth, they would know that intrigues and conspiracies of the one now adduced as ground for the lack of validity of the Evil Clown’s election were simply there all the time. Apart from the obvious corruption of the clergy during long centuries of the Church’s history, the widespread custom of electing very old and frail popes – called “transition popes” – was meant to do nothing else than allow the decision about the “durable” pope to go on in a softer way behind the scene. Basically, it was permanent negotiation, and the real conclave was only the way the choice was formally sanctioned; pretty much in the same way as a law is voted in the legislative chamber after months of patient negotiations, and the necessary weighing of the interests of several parties have gone through the various phases of drafting and discussion at committee level.

Nor can anyone say that hey, in the past there were other rules, but since JP II everything has changed. Who would seriously believe – even without being a Canon Law expert – that a Pope would make the legitimacy of each and every one of his successors uncertain? 

No. Common sense says that it cannot be so. 

It common sense is not good enough for you, this here is the canon law argument

The part you are looking for is this one: 

Thus, it is hard to see what canonical consequences a cardinal would have to fear if he were to admit to a canonical crime punishable by latae sententiae excommunication. If it turns out that one or more cardinals violated, say, Universi 81, they might (and I stress, might) be “automatically” excommunicated, but “automatic” excommunication impacts—I hate to put it this way—only the liceity of ecclesiastical acts, not their validity. So, while it might be distressing to see appointed to synodal service some cardinals who could be “automatically excommunicated”, whatever acts such men might place at a synod would be, by the plain text of canon law, valid. 

It is perfectly clear. It makes perfect sense. It’s the only way things can go. 

The Church is run by logical, not emotional rules. Her divine edifice is, at the same time, beautifully sound when seen with a simple, logical common sense approach. There would be no certain papacy, and in the end no Church, if the legitimacy of a Pope could be called into question for reasons like Danneels’ and others’ behaviour.

Those who seem to like such outlandish propositions should stop looking for the emergency exit and delve into church history a bit more instead. It will disabuse them of this idea of the “invariably good pope elected by holy men under the guidance of the Holy Ghost”. 

The Church is not indefectible because of the popes she had. On the contrary, the popes she had are the best practical evidence that she is indefectible. 

Stop looking for the emergency exit. 





Posted on September 28, 2015, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Dear Mr. Mundabor,

    I shall bite: I will admit to being one of those looking for the emergency exit.

    I admit that Canon Law and its potential interpretations as far as Bergoglio fan-boy Daneels’ case is concerned is beyond me. And as a senior librarian, I am probably much blinder and much MUCH more emotional than I realized. I will admit those failings as well!

    But I always thought I had common sense!

    Yet I discover today that a common sense argument put together by my favourite blogger – which leads from Francis looking, swimming and quacking like a Pope – is utterly lost on me. I recall the election, watching the balcony for the emergence of the Pope after the name was announced, and ended up having to ask a much younger (but equally confused) colleague to point him out.

    There have been 7 popes in my lifetime and I remember as far back as the election of John XXIII. I never before experienced anything AT ALL like the disbelief, indeed the unreality that I felt on March 13, 2013 when first beholding Francis in all his anti-glory.

    To me, Francis looked nothing like a Pope. And with his streamlined “whites”, refusal to bless public gatherings and his generally undignified deportment, he looks less and less like a pope by the day. Further, after 2 years of trying to figure out the direction in which he “swims” and to make sense of what he “quacks”, my impoverished logic continues to fail…

    Doubtless, “emergency exit” was/is a mirage that has affected my ability reasonably to consider historical events and more importantly, the Church’s track record of resilience. And braced by your exhortation, I am prepared to take hold of those considerations once more, (though the Canon Law, I shall continue to leave to others).

    But that mirage of an emergency exit: what a sweet escape for a day or two!

    • I truly struggle to follow you.
      You can’t seriously mean that the logical arguments for Francis as the validly elected Pope are (or were) seriously challenged by your feelings of uneasiness, his behaving like a clown, or the need for other people to tell you who was the pope.

  2. Thank you!!!

  3. The painting of the cadaver synod is extremely moving and confirming, a follow-up to the history behind it would be appreciated.

  4. Occam’s razor — ‘Wolves’ were constantly on the ‘attack’. ‘Wolves’ are nasty creatures..most likely ‘blackmailed’ Benedict (ie threatened to expose his knowledge/protection of predatory priests/bishops when head of C.D.F.?? or possibly some particularly scandalous personal ‘weakness/sin’ from his ‘youth’??). Benedict, tired/weak/old,in good conscience, resigns to spare the Church a scandal he feels will be greater than the election of a lousy Pope.

    • That’s no razor at all, much less Occam’s. It is merely a fantasy assuming that a Pope could do something extremely evil in order for something – mysteriously – even more evil happening.

  5. So far he has successfully spread confusions and errors dividing the church. Now he knew that he does not have much times left. He will be like a mad dog biting everybody, grasping and dragging any souls possible to hell. His only emergency exit is to be struck down by the wrath of God. He has arrogantly declared war on Jesus and His Church and you know what the outcome is. Gratias agamus Domino Deo nostro.

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