Let me see if I have this straight: Heretic who doesn't obey the Pope is worried that someone obeys the Pope and thus we shouldn't obey a Pope who doesn't obey the Heretic and his mob. Got it.
Some are calling this the beginning of the second Western schism. Maybe. But I just think the guy's an idiot. IF ONLY they would disassociate themselves publicly from the Church to avoid leading any ignorami astray.
Kung has already been stripped of the right to teach as a Catholic by the CDF. Hey, Hans, get real. From Rorate, the words of the Kunger:
HANS KÜNG - Papally provoked disobedience
Both in the official and in the alternative activities in the Mannheim Katholikentag, the prevailing sentiment was one of resentment and frustration over the delayed reforms in the Church. In fierce contrast with that, Pope Benedict XVI prepares, apparently for Pentecost, the final reconciliation with the Catholic Church of the traditionalist Society of Saint Pius X, with its bishops and priests. This should happen even if the SSPX keeps rejecting key conciliar documents, having to be incorporated into the Church with the use of skillful canonical tactics. Before the Pope does this, he must be duly warned, not least by the bishops, because of the following:
1. The pope would be including in the Church bishops and priests that are definitely invalidly ordained (SLC Note: this is patently false). According to the Apostolic Constitution of Pope Paul VI "Pontificalis Romani recognitio", of July 18, 1968, the ordination of bishops and priests by Archbishop Lefebvre is not only illegal but also invalid. This view is shared among others by a relevant member of the "Doctrinal Commission", Karl Josef Becker, SJ, now a cardinal (SLC Note, Rorate says "not so").
2. With such a scandalous decision, Pope Benedict would, in his overall regretted isolation, be even more separated from the People of God. The classical doctrine regarding schism should be a warning to him. According to it, a schism of the Church happens when there is separation from the Pope, but also when the latter separates himself from the body of the Church. "Even the Pope could become a schismatic, if he will not guard the unity and communion proper to the whole body of the Church." (Francisco Suárez, major Spanish theologian of the 16th/17th centuries).
3. A schismatic pope loses his position according to that same teaching of the constitution of the Church. At least, he cannot expect obedience. Pope Benedict would be therefore encouraging the already widespread popular movement of "disobedience" against a hierarchy that is disobedient to the Gospel. He would bear sole responsibility for the grave rift and the strife created inside the Church. Instead of reconciling with the ultra-conservative, anti-democratic, and anti-Semitic SSPX, the Pope should rather care about the majority of reform-minded Catholics and reconcile with the churches of the Reformation and the entire ecumenical movement. Thus he would unite, and not divide.
Check out the standard anti-Catholic template for articles about Pope Benedict XVI, especially as he deals with the SSPX--
- delayed reforms (still waiting for the springtime of V2 to kick in)
- canonical tactics (i.e., lawyer's tricks; they loved using that against Cdl. Burke)
- his overall regretted isolation (see! the Pope's an old coot and we really just have to wait him out)
- already widespread popular movement of "disobedience" against a hierarchy that is disobedient to the Gospel (post hoc justification of heresy and schism by his fellow travelers)
- ultra-conservative, anti-democratic, and anti-Semitic SSPX (the final charge is the trump card of the anti-Catholic; the other two I only wish were true).