The start of the Great Apostasy is Near

I believe that Pope Francis will initiate the great apostasy by teaching truths that are contrary to the views of many conservative Catholics:

1. the Church has the authority to ordain women (solely) to the deaconate

2. non-Catholic Christians, non-Christian believers, and non-believers can be saved without converting

There is nothing wrong with either of these teachings. The problem is that some conservative Catholics have decided that the common opinion of conservatives cannot be wrong. They consider that the correct answer to any theological question is the conservative answer. But when we look at Jesus’ teaching, we see that sometimes the right answer is liberal, other times moderate, other times conservative.

Many conservative Catholics will declare that Pope Francis is a heretic, and will break away from the Church as a result.

Then, during the reign of Pope Francis’ conservative successor (Pius 13), the Pope will teach truths that are antithetical to the views of liberal Catholics, resulting in another (larger) departure from the Church.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and
translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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2 Responses to The start of the Great Apostasy is Near

  1. Alex Lim says:

    There is no such thing as a conservative Catholic or liberal Catholic. The Catholic religion is indefectible. All those who claim to be conservative like those from SSPX are in Schism and have excommunicated themselves. All those who claim to be liberal adopting practices like women priesthood, etc , are likewise in Schism. They are not Catholics. They are nothing more than cultists.

    • Ron Conte says:

      Alex, I have to disagree. There are many elements to Catholicism in addition to the essential beliefs and practices. As an analogy, some religious are in the active life; others are in the contemplative life — both are faithful. A Catholic can be liberal in terms of preferences for liturgical form, emphasis on compassionate works, and a lively spirit of theological inquiry, and still be faithful. A Catholic can be conservative, preferring the Latin Mass, emphasizing doctrine and prayer, and preferring to use theology mainly to defend past teachings, and still be faithful.

      Unfortunately, in the present sinful time, many liberals and many conservatives have gone astray, by replacing the essentials of Catholicism with liberalism or conservatism.

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