“Pope Francis, who was seated on an armchair rather than the throne that is customarily used in the Clementine Hall, thanked Bartholomew I, referring to him as ‘my brother Andrew’, a reference to the fact that the patriarchs of Constantinople are considered the successors of the Apostle Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter.” Reality Check: “The Greek Church, embracing all the Eastern Churches involved in the schism of Photius and Michael Caerularius, and the Russian Church can lay no claim to Apostolic succession either direct or indirect, i.e.
The binding force of this instruction from the Holy Office, eminently relevant in our difficult times, was reaffirmed by the same Holy Office in 1919, under Pope Benedict XV, and in 1927, under Pope Pius XI.
“take care lest, while seeking unity, you turn yourselves aside from the way”
“sorry that you happened to think those Christian groups that boast of having the inheritance of the priesthood and the catholic name belong to the true Church of Jesus Christ, even though they are divided and separated from Peter”
“what sane person will persuade himself that error can underlie the Church’s public and solemn magisterium”
“no one is in the Catholic Church who does not cling to that Rock, on which the foundation of Catholic unity has been set”
“all groups entirely separated from external and visible communion with and obedience to the Roman Pontiff cannot be the Church of Christ, nor in any way whatsoever can they belong to the Church of Christ”
The Vatican, the SSPX, and the “Restoration of Tradition”
“Thus saith the Lord: Stand ye on the ways, and see and ask for the old paths which is the good way, and walk ye in it: and you shall find refreshment for your souls. And they said: we will not walk.”
“No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or he will hold to the one, and despise the other.”
―Our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 16:13)
“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema.”
―Saint Paul (Galatians 1:8)
“The practice of the Church has always been the same, as is shown by the unanimous teaching of the Fathers, who were wont to hold as outside Catholic communion, and alien to the Church, whoever would recede in the least degree from any point of doctrine proposed by her authoritative Magisterium.”
―Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Satis Cognitum (1896), n.
@EricRSammons@Lifesound22Ed@VaeVict54555682 Oh, not to worry. Bellarmine and many others (myself included) do not believe a Pope can actually defect into heresy. Francis didn’t cease to be Pope - he was never Pope to begin with.