Father Hunwicke has a brilliant (as usual) post up today on how some of the modernist prelates from Germany are driving efforts to change Church teaching by enlisting hyper-papalism opposed to Tradition.
Our dear Ordinariate priest in Oxford, England, expresses so much better than I ever could exactly where I stand. It has to be the Pope *and* Tradition—the Pope as a guarantee of unity within Tradition. The Pope cannot be set against Tradition; nor should those who uphold Tradition be criticized as anti-Pope Francis. Please read the whole thing over at his Mutual Enrichment site, but in the meantime, here’s an excerpt:
Four years ago, I and others, not without some sacrifice, joyfully accepted the gracious invitation of Benedict XVI to enter into full communion. I, for one, did not do so in order to stand idly by with a polite smile upon my silly face while some unscrupulous Northern European ecclesiastics plot to demolish the Church’s teaching and discipline about Marriage and Sexuality, and to do so by means of a confected hyperpapalism which, since it contradicts the defined doctrine of Vatican I, seems to me clearly a heresy.
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger wrote: “After the Second Vatican Council, the impression arose that the pope really could do anything … especially if he were acting on the mandate of an ecumenical council … In fact, the First Vatican Council had in no way defined the pope as an absolute monarch. On the contrary, it presented him as the guarantor of obedience to the revealed Word. The pope’s authority is bound to the Tradition of faith … The authority of the pope is not unlimited; it is at the service of Sacred Tradition.”
And this is what Vatican I had defined: “The Holy Spirit was not promised to Peter’s successors so that by its revelation they might disclose new doctrine, but, so that, by its assistance, they might devoutly guard and faithfully set forth the revelation handed down through the Apostles, i.e. the deposit of Faith“.
B John Henry Newman, Patron of our Ordinariate, brilliantly characterised the charisma, the genius, of the Roman Church as its capacity to act as aremora, a breakwater, a hindrance, a stopper against innovation. That’s what the Pope’s job is.