We Need Twenty More Open Letters

In 300 years, when the Church has come back to normality, Francis will be, in all probability, nothing more than a little blip on the radar of the average Catholic, there with Pope Elton and Pope Dalai (who came after him) in a small parade of horrible Popes only remembered in proverbial expressions and after-dinner lore. Single men tend to be forgotten unless they are of the stature of a Julius Ceasar; epochs tend to impress themselves more firmly in the collective imagination.

What will, then, people remember in 300 years, when gathered around the table in the kitchen? Pope Francis? I doubt they will remember one single thing he did, though they will probably recall his name as one of the “bad Popes”. What they will remember from school, is the age of unprecedented Church corruption that marked the Age of Insanity. Will they blame the single evil Pope? Hardly. Not many people can, today, mention even a handful of the Renaissance Popes. They will blame the bishops and cardinals for allowing the decay to happen and the rot to set in.

They will be right.

As Francis becomes more than a passing disgrace, insists in not dying and appoints more Cardinals, it becomes more likely that these years will be seen as the onset of a disgraceful age. There is no way that the bishops and remaining halfway Catholic cardinals can be excused for their inaction, as this becomes way more than a wayward Pope whose problem will die with him ( as in Formosus’, or Honorius’ case), but a Pope who created a systemic disruption, one able to survive his own demise.

The time for action is now, not after Francis has died. No single bishop, not one, can hide anymore behind the lame excuse of waiting for the problem to solve itself. The evil plant is expanding, and will spawn a Pope Cupich or a Pope Tagle one day.

The bishops and cardinals must act now. They must be reminded constantly that they have no excuses. They are at the real root of the problem festering.

We need twenty more Open Letters, coming from all corners of Catholicism.

This crisis is a crisis of collective governance, not a crisis of mad individuals.

Posted on May 29, 2019, in Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. “This crisis is a crisis of collective governance, not a crisis of mad individuals.”

    Agree completely. We need a new method of electing and monitoring the Pope. I think the College of Cardinals is inherently corrupt and must be eliminated. It is long past its ‘sell-by’ date and is a self-perpetuating monstrosity. In today’s world of instant communication it is no longer necessary. All the Bishops should be given a vote for Pope along with the duty of impeaching an errant Pope. The medieval and monarchical nature of the papacy needs to reflect the good parts of the modern world.

  2. Fully agree with your sentiment regarding the Cardinals’ collective carelessness and complicity, but am baffled you believe Church will be around in 300 years, other than perhaps Church Penitent in Purgatory. (Years are definitely meaningless in Heaven.)

    • I think the Church might well be around in 3000 years, unless I have proof to the contrary 😉
      I am not an apocalypse monger. We lived in bad times before.

  3. In three hundred years there will be a St Marcel Lefebvre in every hamlet worldwide, including on the Arabian peninsula. There might even be several Archbishop Vigano Catholic Community Centers scattered here and there. Certainly a popular tee-shirt among youth will be one that reads “We survived this clown”:

  4. Mary K Jones

    Akita, I enjoy your optimism! Really, your guess is as good as mine. Andi I pray you are right!

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