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Over at Rorate Caeli, New Catholic writes as follows (link here):

Now, no Catholic wants to live through a calamitous pontificate, but it can happen at any age . We can hope we will not have to live through one in our lifetime, but just in case it happens (this is merely a hypothetical possibility, naturally), it is good to read the wise advice coming from another Spaniard.

Now as New Cathlolic writes, we are speaking hypothetically that the See of St. Peter is occupied by a “calamitous pope”, not that there is anything wrong with a “calamitous pope” mind you, and hell could be populated by Hitler and mafia bosses, with a special place reserved for “Dubya”. But just in case the former is true, and the later false, New Catholic provides an article written by one Dr. Francisco Jose Solar Gil, a very clear thinking Spaniard who has some very prescient advise for you dear readers.

The Top 10 Things to do when living under a calamitous pope. [with Comments]

10) Keep calm. [First and foremost.]

9) Read good books on the history of the Church and the history of the papacy. [… and successfully suppressed heresies. Torquemada is a good starting point.]

8) Do not give in to apocalyptic warnings. [The gates of hell shall not prevail!]

7) Do not stay silent, nor look away. [Blog and Tweet til you drop.]

6) Do not generalize. [Not ALL Jesuits are bad, ….rumor has it that there is one that’s relatively orthodox.]

5) Do not help initiatives for the greater glory of the calamitous pontiff. [Social Justice initiatives VERBOTEN.]

4) Do not follow the instructions of the Pope in that which deviates from the treasure of the Church. [The literary plot device of deus ex machina can help: learn it, love it, identify it.]

3) Do not financially support collaborationist dioceses. [With modernists, it’s always about the money.]

2) Do not support any schism. [Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus]

1) Pray.

I think the good Dr. has hit the proverbial nail on the head.

One other passage also needs to be mentioned here. Dr. Solar Gil writes the following:

Because a Pope, as any other man, will necessarily ignore many matters, and have erroneous convictions on many others. And therefore it could happen that a Pope who is an aficionado on stamp or coin collecting could make grave mistakes regarding the value or date or certain stamps or coins. When rendering his opinion on matters that are not of his competence, a Pope has greater possibilities of erring than of being right. Exactly like you and me, dear reader. Therefore, if a Pope showed some inclination on making public his opinions on the art of pigeon-breeding, ecology, economy, or astronomy, the Catholic expert on such matters would do well in enduring patiently the outlandish blurbs of the Roman pontiff on matters that, naturally, are alien to his Cathedra.

I agree. Every man needs to be cognizant of his limitations. If say a pope, hypothetically speaking of course, has very little competence on matters of… say theology, an area that is obviously alien to the present bishop of Rome, then sound advice would be that he should never “pass up the opportunity to remain silent”. 😉

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