So way out in the far reaches of the Catholic Reactionary subculture

…there is apparently a new theory being floated that the sane Traditionalist Pete Vere has dubbed (if memory serves) something like “sedeBenedictineplenevacantism” (or something like that).  It is the theory that Benedict didn’t, or couldn’t, really resign as Pope (or that he only gave up certain powers as pope) so every time Francis says or does something Reactionaries don’t like (such as speaking, teaching, clearing his throat, or existing) it’s not really the pope doing it or it’s only being done by a half-pope and it doesn’t count–or something.

Anyway, all that is to say that though this Sunday’s Germany vs. Argentina match might be seen by some as a Sign from God, the reality is: it’s just a game.  We are not of Germany, Argentina,  Benedict or Francis.  We are of Christ.

Dawn Eden in L'Osservatore Romano
The Benefits of Belief
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