The Rock and the Sand

{7:24} Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and does them shall be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock.
{7:25} And the rains descended, and the floods rose up, and the winds blew, and rushed upon that house, but it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
{7:26} And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them shall be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand.
{7:27} And the rains descended, and the floods rose up, and the winds blew, and rushed upon that house, and it did fall, and great was its ruin.”

The Rock is Peter, who has the divinely-conferred gifts of truth and a never-failing faith. Whoever builds his house on faith in the Pope has built upon a solid Rock.

The Sand is the many persons in every age, within the Church and outside the Church, who speak against the teaching of the Rock. The grains of sand are very many, and the Rock is one. And yet whoever builds on sand will watch his own house fall to the ground.

You cannot succeed in opposing the Rock that is Peter by appeal to a petition, no matter how many grains of sand may sign it.

— Ronald L Conte Jr.

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5 Responses to The Rock and the Sand

  1. Jack Gallagher says:

    Perhaps it’s right that it is futile for the grains of sand to speak against the Rock. But I’d like to ask, what happens when the Rock speaks against 2,000 years’ worth of prior Rocks? (One of them is a Rock emeritus and still living.)

    Paul’s letter to the Galatians (beginning at 1:8) comes to mind:

    “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”

    • Ron Conte says:

      The First Vatican Council taught that each Pope has the divinely-conferred gift of truth and of a never-failing faith. So the Pope can never teach heresy, nor commit the sins of apostasy, heresy, or schism. He can err to a limited extent, so we can disagree to a limited extent. But the faithful cannot band together in a petition, or in another way, and speak as if they, by sheer numbers, had a greater authority that the Pope.

    • Francisco says:

      Jack, Paul’s letter to the Galatians applies to any spiritual power (Cardinals, Bishops, Priests or any Angel [who can be an actual fallen angel]), or earthy power (lay theologians, catechists, teachers, leaders, saintly faithful, etc.); except the Pope because he is the Rock on which the Church is founded, the Vicar of Christ, the Supreme Teacher of the Universal Church, the higher (top) spiritual power. See Pope Boniface VIII’s teachings in Unam Sanctam and the following is infallible: “…. Moreover, that every human creature is to be subject to the Roman pontiff, we declare, we state, we define, and we pronounce to be entirely from the necessity of salvation”. If we believe that the Pope can go astray and lead the faithful away to the path of salvation or to teach heresy, then we are also accusing Jesus Christ of having erred, or worst still, or having lied to us.

      {16:18} And I say to you, that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.

      {22:31} And the Lord said: “Simon, Simon! Behold, Satan has asked for you, so that he may sift you like wheat.
      {22:32} But I have prayed for you, so that your faith may not fail, and so that you, once converted, may confirm your brothers.”

      {21:16} He said to him again: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”

      If (a counter-actual hypothetical), Peter’s faith fails (teaches heresy), then it is Jesus who has failed because He has appointed Peter and his valid successors as His Rock, Vicar, Teacher of the Universal Church, but that is IMPOSIBLE for Jesus cannot fail because He is God, Jesus cannot err because He is God, Jesus cannot lie because He is God.

      We believe that our Church is indefectible because She is founded on the Rock by God Himself (Jesus).

      Now, the Pope can err to a limited extent (errors which do not lead the faithful away to the path of salvation), but never to the extent of teaching something contrary to dogma.

      Let’s trust Jesus and pray for the Pope, His Vicar.


  2. Mark P. says:

    Hello, Ron. This post is my first; I have been reading your blog for a couple of months now.
    We must keep in mind, as you often write, that the Holy Father has the authority to teach. In the case of the contentious A.L. passage, it may be a temporary allowance of certain divorced and remarried to come back into the Church, take the appropriate steps to annul their previous marriages, and then celebrate the sacrament of marriage after some time of guidance and contemplation. The alternative is that they remain out of the pews and just completely fall away from the faith; now, the Holy Father is not condoning sin; many unfortunately see his teaching that way. Many folks will badmouth and denigrate the Holy Father, then in good conscience receive the Eucharist as though they have done nothing wrong. Many of the flock also forget that the Church – especially in the West – is still in the recovery stages of the abuse scandal of the last 10-15 years. I believe the Holy Father has a very difficult task in retaining the faithful, gathering the lost and errant flock, gaining new converts, and rejoining the schismatic denominations – not only in an ever-secular West, but within the fresh memory of a massive scandal that severely damaged the credibility of the Church. His Jubilee Year of Mercy was implemented at the right time; I believe in this coming year, as we approach and celebrate the anniversary of Fatima, we will see another side of the Holy Father that stresses repentance and orthodoxy, yet still in the context of mercy.

  3. Christine says:

    Dear Mr. Ron Conte,
    As I am reading your posts and the replies, I discern that you are counselling many priests with your knowledge and inspired insightfulness. I am deeply grateful that we have someone like you.
    I hope you are beginning to feel better. You are in my prayers.

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