First, the base premise of Bishop Schneider’s piece is false, namely that Bergoglio is now or ever has been the Pope. And so, as is the case whenever a logical truth table is built upon a false base premise, the logical corollaries that are yielded are error-ridden and corrupt. The questions that go with the particulars of deposing a heretic pope are totally irrelevant, because the Venn diagram of The Papacy and Jorge Bergoglio have zero overlap.
But what really jumped out at me was Bishop Schneider’s shockingly defeatist tone. This INSTANTLY recalled the discussion we have just had about civilian combat tactics when there is an active shooter. Bishop Schneider is saying that the only course of action is to cower in the corner and wait for the active shooter – Antipope Bergoglio and his coven – to stop shooting.
And so, even though this was just posted in January, it bears revisiting.
“To recoil before an enemy, or to keep silence when from all sides such clamors are raised against truth, is the part of a man either devoid of character or who entertains doubt as to the truth of what he professes to believe.
In both cases such mode of behaving is base and is insulting to God, and both are incompatible with the salvation of mankind.
This kind of conduct is profitable only to the enemies of the faith, for nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good.
Moreover, want of vigor on the part of Christians is so much the more blameworthy, as not seldom little would be needed on their part to bring to naught false charges and refute erroneous opinions, and by always exerting themselves more strenuously they might reckon upon being successful.
After all, no one can be prevented from putting forth that strength of soul which is the characteristic of true Christians, and very frequently by such display of courage our enemies lose heart and their designs are thwarted.
Christians are, moreover, born for combat, whereof the greater the vehemence, the more assured, God aiding, the triumph: “Have confidence; I have overcome the world.”
Nor is there any ground for alleging that Jesus Christ, the Guardian and Champion of the Church, needs not in any manner the help of men. Power certainly is not wanting to Him, but in His loving kindness He would assign to us a share in obtaining and applying the fruits of salvation procured through His grace.
Pope Leo XIII
Folks, anyone who tells your that we should not proactively fight the evil in the Church and the world because it would be “too human” and thus deprive God of a chance to intervene supernaturally is basically preaching Calvinistic double predestination heresy, and should be ignored.
God delays in intervening supernaturally precisely so that we may STAND UP FOR HIM, so that we may, in a certain sense, “come to His aid”, thus giving us the chance to be truly happy in this world – the true happiness that comes only from doing the right thing.
He’s waiting. He has been waiting for all of our lives. How much longer He will wait, none of us knows. But at some point, the chance will pass, and when it is gone, it will be gone forever.