WITH THE PASSAGE OF EACH DAY THE SITUATION OF THE CHURCH BECOMES MORE DANGEROUS. A SPECIAL ‘CONCLAVE’ OF TWELVE GOOD CARDINALS MUST BE HELD SOON.

While the good Cardinals must try to determine the identity of those cardinals who have been latae sententiae excommunicated, it is not my understanding that the reality of the excommunication, in fact, requires “due process” or that 
it is “rash judgment” in every case for a member of the faithful, especially a lay 
person, to make a private determination in conscience that the last supposed 
conclave was null and void.  It is true that, but for the gravest reasons, a lay 
person should not proclaim or publicize such a judgment unless and until the 
College of Cardinals exercises their ongoing competence to make those 
necessary judgments within their canonical jurisdiction.  But, a priest, for 
example, who is offered a Bergoglian appointment as a bishop could and 
should rightly arrive at the conclusion that any putative Bergoglian 
pontifical mandate supposedly appointing him as a bishop would be null and 
void, and without stating that, in conscience simply decline being elevatedto the office of bishop.  And, without an eventual (sooner rather than later) 
rectification of the College of Cardinals membership, the undeclared real 
invalidity will spread to the point that The Church is both without a valid 
Successor of Saint Peter, and absent divine intervention in human history, 
without any valid mechanism to obtain a new Successor of Saint Peter.  
This situation would leave the world, the human race, without the grace 
of The Papacy, but with a randomly (e.g., some Catholic, some Orthodox) 
valid episcopal hierarchy suchwise that we can synthesize two superficiallyopposing prophecies:  the prophecy that Our Lord Jesus will remain with 
us in the Sacraments, especially The Eucharist [“And behold, I (in The Most Blessed Sacrament) am with you always, untilthe end of the age.”  Matthew 28:20b (NAB)], 
with the prophecy stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, ¶677
[“The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, 
when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection.  .   .   .  God’s triumph 
over the revolt of evil will take the form of the Last Judgment after the final cosmic
upheaval of this passing world.”]  The Church then, in a very real sense, as an
integrated whole, can suffer death with the destruction of the means to have a true 
and valid Supreme Pontiff, yet The Lord Jesus can remain in the Sacraments through 
a less unified and somewhat disparate, yet validly ordained hierarchy. 

N. de PlumeUn ami des Papes______

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I am a retired Roman Catholic Bishop, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas
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