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The Pope Is Christian! Disappointing Catholic Revisionists

S. M. Hutchens

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In the event that Rome elects a weak or a progressive pope, those traditionalist Catholics who are marginalized and oppressed in the resulting regime will be sustained and supported by other Christians who are just as strongly opposed to modernist designs on the Church, and who, because of that, view conservative popes as allies in the war against the mind of Antichrist. Those who are disappointed by the latest papal election would be advised to take note of the cheering one hears among conservative Protestants and Orthodox, for whom Benedict XVI stands not for reactionary Catholicism, but is already known and respected as a firm and trusty defender of the Christian faith.

These non-Roman Christians have, of course, their traditional disagreements with Rome, but in the face of the common opposition they understand that an educated and catholic sense of proportion requires they not only may, but--if they have come to the conclusion that traditional Catholics are to be honored with the name of Christian--must subordinate these perennial concerns to resistance on the common front. They must not allow their disagreements to weaken their support for each other.

Within the context of a progressive papacy, traditional Roman Catholicism--Catholicism not only in the form that is obnoxious to Catholic revisionists, but disagreeable in some respects to its Protestant and Orthodox allies as well--is not only likely to survive, but to survive in strength. This is because, whatever its faults, much of Orthodoxy and conservative Protestantism view it as Christian while regarding the revisionist program, whatever attractions it may hold for non-Roman believers (relaxation of the pastoral discipline on the marriage of priests, for example), as emphatically not. Despite their disagreements, they will support traditionalist Roman Catholics against the parasites at their own table.

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Posted: 16-Jun-05



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