Imagine the best possible in a Pope, perhaps the martyrdom of Saint Peter.
Imagine the worst in a Pope, perhaps the denial of Peter not yet Saint Peter.
Either way, the Pope is the Pope, the Successor of Peter. So, we pray for him, stand by him, are in solidarity with him.
Does that mean that we, say, deny that Peter denied our Lord, or that we have to say that all Popes throughout their lives, throughout their pontificates are always and in every way saints? No, it doesn’t mean that. It means that we are obliged to pray for the father of the family of faith here upon this earth, you know, father, papa, Pope.
It still needs to be pointed out how much people jump into cynicism and condemn just for the sake of being fake news. For instance, recall how many throughout the Catholic world condemned Pope Francis to hell for “downplaying the importance of the papacy”, they said, by insisting as he did on being the Bishop of Rome. Damn him for insisting on being the Bishop of Rome, they said, when he should be saying that he’s the most illustrious, magnificent effervescent utterly grand Fill-in-the-Title, they said.
The fake news crowd were stunningly ignorant of all things Catholic, for it is because the Holy Father is first of all Bishop of Rome that he is the Successor of Peter, not the other way around. Get that?
How ironic that these same people, now so jaded, won’t these days use any titles for Pope Francis at all, and instead talk about how useless the papacy is, anyway, verging on condemning our Lord for founding the Church on the likes of Peter and, mind you, Peter’s successors, that is, on the person of the one Bishop of Rome.
Are you ready for irony? This proves that these same people, in proportion to how much they refuse to speak of the Bishop of Rome, the Successor of Peter, the Holy Father, the Supreme Pontiff, or even of the Pope, but merely of Francis, or Jorge, or Bergoglio… this shows proportionally just how ultramontanistic they are. It speaks to how much they have never understood our Lord founding the Church on the weak person of Peter, of the weak persons of the Successors of Peter. It speaks to how much they have no strength of faith, no security in the faith, wanting the Bishop of Rome to be their savior, but not Jesus. They know any Bishop of Rome is just another sinner like all the rest of us, and insisting that he himself be the Immaculate Conception know that they are setting up their rejection of him, that is, of the Church, that is, all the truth and morality that our Lord insists upon for us. That’s the point. That’s why people run to the fake news crowd. The fake news crowd become the Saviors. Fake news is all about power, dark power.
But the Pope is not the Immaculate Conception. I dare say he knows that. We pray for him as we pray for each other. Mary Undoer of Knots prays for him as she does for us.
Breathlessly, people throw all this to the side and say that I’m saying that everything that the Pope says and does is what any canonized saint would do. No. That’s malicious.
Some might say it’s just jaded cynicism, but, it seems to me that to get to the point of jaded cynicism one first of all and repeatedly must let oneself fall into malice, purposed hatred. Ah, but Mary prayers also those in such a sorry state. She wants us in heaven. All of us. Hopefully, we are among “the many.”