…the true friends are not those who flatter the Pope,
but those who help him with the truth
and with theological and human competence.
—Cardinal Müller, Corriere della Sera, Nov. 26, 2017;
from the Moynihan Letters, #64, Nov. 27th, 2017
Dear children, the Great Vessel and a Great Shipwreck;
this is the [cause of] suffering for men and women of faith.
—Our Lady to Pedro Regis, October 20th, 2020;
WITHIN the culture of Catholicism has been an unspoken “rule” that one must never criticize the Pope. Generally speaking, it is wise to refrain from criticizing our spiritual fathers. However, those who turn this into an absolute expose a grossly exaggerated understanding of papal infallibility and come dangerously close to a form of idolatry — papalotry — that elevates a pope to an emperor-like status where everything he utters is infallibly divine. But even a novice historian of Catholicism will know that popes are very human and prone to mistakes — a reality that began with Peter himself:Continue reading