The “St. Paul resisted St. Peter to his Face” Objection
Time and again we hear from those we call Semi-Traditionalists the argument that a Pope can lead the faithful astray into errors against the Faith through the exercise of his non-infallible Magisterium; and when that happens, it is then the right and the duty of the victim faithful to resist him, clinging to “Tradition”.
Those who defend this position often point to an incident that occurred between St. Paul and St. Peter recorded in Galatians 2:11-14, as supposed historical precedent for an error-teaching Pope being corrected and resisted by his inferiors.
The “St. Peter Denied Christ Three Times” Objection:
St. Robert Bellarmine Refutes another Recognize-and-Resist Error
Time and again we hear the objection, typically made by those who try to justify their pathological refusal to countenance Sedevacantism, that St. Peter denied Christ three times (see Mt 26:69-75) and didn’t thereby cease to be Pope. Ergo, so we are asked to believe, it is absurd to say that Francis is not the Pope just because he is not a Catholic and continually disseminates heresy.
To demonstrate that this objection is untenable, three main points must be kept in mind:
A significant contribution given its outlet’s Vatican-vetted content & the author – now spokesman-emeritus to the Popes – in @civcatt, the venerable Fr Lombardi surveys the decades-long path to February “Abuse Synod”… with some subtle prods along the way: https://t.co/BeJpfN3ysM
The fact that the Novus Ordo Church considers ecumenism an imperative - when the #Catholic Church taught it was impermissible - is one of the clearest proofs of a substantial change in religion: https://t.co/dhmcdnwPv0 #popefrancis #fssp #vatican #trcot