So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Perspective: Catholics do not worship the Pope.

Catholics do not worship the pope, any pope. Lest there be any doubt about that conviction, recent criticism of Pope Francis' Amoris Laetitia, not to mention criticism of Pope Francis' attitude toward Tradition-minded Catholics, should convince even the most hardened anti-Catholic that we Catholics, while we do hold the Pope in the highest esteem because he is the successor to Saint Peter to whom Jesus Christ entrusted the Church (St Matthew 16:18), most certainly do not worship the pope.

Of course, when a pope is recognized as a saint in heaven because of miracles confirming his intercession, we Catholics acknowledge him on the occasion of his memorial and, because he dwells in the Presence of the Lord with the angels and the other saints (known and unknown), request his continuing intercession.
There are plenty of blogs by respectable Tradition-minded Catholics that direct respectful criticism at Amoris Laetitia yet remain entirely faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. You can read some of those critiques if you click on the links in the left column of this blog under the heading PROBATICA PISCINA.

If one happens to visit one of the more stridently toned "traditionalist" blogs, one would quickly discover there is absolutely no doubt that papolatry is a detestable thing... and healthy (and at times very heated) criticism of the papacy—we're not talking mere dissent by heretical liberals—is oft practiced.

Pope Saint John Paul II: pray for us.
Pope Saint Leo I: pray for us.
Pope Saint Gregory I: pray for us.
Pope Saint Nicholas I: pray for us.

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