John Paul the not-Great-not-Saint

Novus Ordo Watch has an excellent post on the impossible situation that the Remnant and other recognize-and-resist crowd have put themselves in: saying that a man is the Vicar of Jesus Christ on Earth while simultaneously scrutinizing and approving (or disapproving) of everything he does, based on their own arbitrary judgements.  The latest horrible situation in front of these folks is the pending "canonization" of JPII, which along with John XXIII, is really a canonization of Vatican II, which the R&R crowd considers a valid council of the Catholic Church (but it's "pastoral," so it doesn't matter, right?).

Can you imagine a Catholic Church where the faithful judge each act of the Vicar of Jesus Christ on Earth according to their own personal standard of "Tradition?"  It's the reality for the SSPX and those in their pews (how exhausting!).  The problem with this method for this case?  Canonizations fall under the Universal Ordinary Magisterium, which is indefectible.  This is not an issue of papal infallibility.  This means that if someone in the SSPX wishes to claim that JPII is not a saint, he is going to have admit that he is actually a sedevacantist.  If they accept that Francis is the Pope, then they have to admit that JPII is a saint (make sure you get a lobotomy to finish off the job).
All this aside, it's clear that not only was John Paul II not a saint, but one of the greatest apostates and enemies in the history of the Catholic Church.  For those open-minded enough to hear the evidence, give a listen to the latest episode of Clerical Conversations on the Crisis.  Hosted by Nicholas Wansbutter and with regular guests, H.E. Bishop Donald Sanborn and Father Anthony Cekada, this episode is now available for (always free) download.
We've also been given the new title of "neo-Ultramontanists" by some of our detractors.  Without too much comment on this (for now), we'll proudly wear that label!

Stephen Heiner

Stephen lives in Paris, France, where he attends Mass celebrated by the clergy of the IMBC. He founded True Restoration in 2006.

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4 Responses

  1. pclaudel says:

    Dear Mr. Heiner,

    I still think you understate—indeed, to an extent misstate—the case that is made and can be made for the R&R position of the SSPX and most of those who dub themselves its Resistance, whether or not they associate themselves with His Excellency Bishop Williamson.

    Yet as I wrote elsewhere—and putting aside for now the painful matter of the patently awful "beatification" and portending "canonization" of JPII virtually doubtless to follow—if His Humbleness continues as he's begun, SVism may soon be the only option left for a sane Catholic to embrace or, at the very least, a far less resistible option than it is now. Just struggling to assimilate this man's speech and actions to the Faith leaves one bone weary already—and who doubts it won't get worse!

    Francis is already well past the point where his actions and statements, whether prepared or off the cuff—or should I make that "off the tatting"?—need to be explained to avoid scandalizing all but the religiously blind, deaf, and halt. They now require being explained away.

  2. ambrosio says:

    Let's not forget that the SSPX seeks canonical regularization with Rome so that it can LEGALLY resist…..

  3. Carl Grillo says:

    This false canonization has a double effect, one evil and one good: first, it "canonizes" the universal apostasy of Vatican II and all its antipopes;(from 1958 – present) second, it abosolutely proves the certitude of the sedevacantist hypothesis, at least with theological and moral certitude, for it cannot be a "dogmatic fact" without an infallible authority to proclaim such…it will seal the fate of the anti-Church forever in the abyss…

  4. Carl Grillo says:

    This false canonization has a double effect, one evil and one good: first, it "canonizes" the universal apostasy of Vatican II and all its antipopes;(from 1958 – present) second, it abosolutely proves the certitude of the sedevacantist hypothesis, at least with theological and moral certitude, for it cannot be a "dogmatic fact" without an infallible authority to proclaim such…it will seal the fate of the anti-Church forever in the abyss…