A reader, in consequence to reading my last article on Assisi 1986, made the following comment to me (see italic below), and I responded in four points further below.
“I get that Honorius was a heretic, and was still the Pope, and that doesn’t break Catholicism. But Honorious was also condemned as a heretic. What if he had been canonized as a saint instead? What would you make of that?
John Paul II was *manifestly* heterodox by the standards of Pre Vatican II Catholicism. Pius X and Pius XI would have totally considered him a modernist for interfaith worship. You can’t for a second convince me that isn’t the case.
And yet, Francis has *canonized him as a saint*. And not just him, but John XXIII and Paul VI as well.
The ‘trads way out’ here seems to be, in essence, ‘Well, but canonizations aren’t infallible, or even if they are, they only mean a person is in heaven and a person can do all kinds of horrible things and still be in heaven.’ Yet Pius XI taught that saints are ‘an example for every class and profession.’
How has the ordinary magisterium not basically rubber stamped error at this point, by canonizing all the popes of Post Vatican II?” Continue reading