The Great Schism of 1054, was the break of communion between what is now the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Catholic Churches. But that’s all ancient history, right?
I mean, there was the bit with Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre under Pope John Paul II leaving the Church to form the Society of Saint Pius X, but that wasn’t really a schism since only a handful of faithful went with him. OK, what about the other traditional Catholics? Well, again, not a large enough number to really count as a schism, more of a chip off the old block.
Listen and read why Lefavre felt justified in leaving the Church below:
More and more “conservative” or “Traditionalist” Catholics are joining the ranks of those calling either for Pope Francis to retire, or to be declared invalid or unfit. Especially in the wake of the Amazon Synod. With the off the cuff remarks made by Pope Francis regarding atheists in heaven, homosexuality and who is he to judge, etc. coupled with other prominent speakers such as Father James Martin actively promoting normalization of homosexuality and homosexual marriages as well as homosexual priests, many of the world’s more conservative Catholics are starting to re-evaluate their loyalties.
If that weren’t enough, conservative Cardinals and Bishops, as well as prominent theologians, are writing letters to Pope Francis for clarification on his encyclical Amoris Laetitia which remain unanswered. Others are calling for his immediate resignation, including Archbishop Carlo Vigano who has stated on the record that Pope Francis was aware of Sexual Abuse by church officials such as Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and allowed it to continue by failing to act to remove the predators from office and turn investigative data over to the authorities.
Where many American and World Catholics became disgruntled with the onslaught of pedophilia, sexual abuse of altar servers and of seminarians, the continued lack of action from the Vatican is outraging Catholics everywhere. Add in the increasing homosexuality scandals and the sudden obsession with ordaining female priests and deacons, and you have a recipe for disaster with traditional and conservative Catholics still within the Roman fold. As of April 30th, a new letter went out from the same group that complained about the encyclical, accusing Francis of all-out heresy. It’s getting to the point where young Catholics are beginning to question the Church and the Pope.
Fast forward to the planting of a tree in the Vatican on the first Friday of the month, a day of religious importance to the worshipers of Pachamama of the Amazon, followed by the enshrinement of wooden [idols] statues in the Vatican and in surrounding churches. Photos of the Pope bowing to the statue, cardinals carrying her on their shoulders in a canoe as they would carry the ark of the covenant, and photos of turning their backs to the blessed sacrament to sing to and… adore the statue, and you have many more Catholics than I had estimated, suddenly dissatisfied altogether with they synod precedings, and with the leadership of the church up to and including Francis.
The Twittersphere is a place of diverse opinion fueled by disagreement, argument, and strife. When the Pachamama [idols] statues were [removed] stolen from the Church of Santa Maria de Transpontina around sunrise on October 21, 2019, and dumped into the Tiber beneath the statue of Saint Michael the archangel, Catholics from all walks of life in union with Rome, traditionalists out of union, members of Sede Vacante groups, members of the Society of Saint Pius the tenth and more all came together and praised the act with one accord. For the first time in Twitter history, more Catholics agreed than disagreed. The only exception being liberal Catholics who immediately decried the act as racist and bigoted.
Add into all of the above that Catholics across the globe have been increasingly polarized by the political climate in leading nations of the world, and we have an increasingly volatile mixture just waiting for the necessary catalyst to cause an explosion. Regardless of what is happening and what has transpired thus far, one thing is clear from the attitudes of Catholics internationally. A schism is coming. It may not be this year or next, but it is coming.
Whether of the scale of the great schism, or on a much smaller and more localized scale, the likely result will be at least one (if not more due to internal disagreement) church led by cardinals and bishops re-uniting with Traditionalists outside of Roman union, and the other led by Francis united with liberals, LGBT’s female “cleric” hopefuls and the less conservative elements of the church that currently have a “Francis can do no wrong” attitude. The two will be at extreme ends of each spectrum and will usher in an era of disunity such as has never before been seen.