Almost three years ago in late 2016, Pope Francis is reported to have said “It is not to be excluded that I will enter history as the one who split the Catholic Church.” The Pope was talking about attacks from conservative Roman Catholics against his progressive ideas and policies. Since that time, the Pope has done little to make the situation better. His policies have drifted further to the left. He has been soft toward the Catholic's traditional dogmas while giving his views on climate change and open borders center stage. He ignited more controversy when he signed the "Document on Human Fraternity" stating that God wills a diversity of religions. And then there is the upcoming Amazon Synod. It has been said that it will replace some Catholic doctrines with Amazonian paganism.
Recently while talking to journalists while on a flight, one of the journalists handed the Pope a copy of a book that he had written called "How America Wants to Change the Pope." The book is about how conservative American Catholics have formed a conspiracy against the Pope. The Popes response to the gift of the book was to proclaim it "an honor if the Americans attack me."
The Pope likes to portray himself as the victim of the "evil" conservatives in the United States. It gives him a convenient scapegoat for the dire problems of the Roman Catholic Church. But while attention is diverted to the anti-pope conspirators in the United States, a group of bishops in Germany is causing a much more credible schism against the Vatican. In this case, the bishops are meeting in a “binding synodal assembly” which is a synod without calling it a synod. They are meeting because the Vatican under Francis is not moving quickly enough with its progressive agenda. So the Germans are going to meet to make their own binding doctrines on issues such as clerical celibacy and issues of sexual immorality. The Vatican has written to the bishops warning them not to do this. The bishops will have the meeting anyway.
And then there are money issues. The ongoing clerical sexual abuse lawsuits are starting to be a drain on the traditionally wealthy church. The diocese in Rochester, New York has filed for bankruptcy. And the Vatican itself drowning in red ink. The Pope has ordered belt-tightening. If there really is a schism, they are going to miss the money that flows in from the United States and Germany.
The Pope's response to this is to state that he is "not afraid of schisms." However, Archbishop Vigano, a critic of this Pope believes it is deeper than that. He believes that the Pope is provoking a schism by promoting the heterodox Amazon Synod. Read more about this at Lifesitenews.com below.
Vatican whistleblower Viganò: Pope Francis is the one ‘provoking’ schism
A veteran Vatican journalist has revealed that a Vatican whistleblower told him that Pope Francis is ‘provoking’ a schism in the Catholic Church.
Dr. Robert Moynihan, founder and editor-in-chief of Inside the Vatican magazine, recently published remarks he says Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò made to him in response to Pope Francis’ recent reflections on schism.
On his September 10 flight to Rome from a five-day trip to Madagascar and Mozambique, the Argentinian pontiff told reporters that he was “not afraid of schisms” and that a schism “is always an elitist separation stemming from an ideology detached from doctrine.”
“Pope Francis is saying that because he knows the Amazon Synod may provoke a schism,” Viganò allegedly told Moynihan.
“He is ready to say others are making the schism, but (by his actions in continuing to support the Amazon Synod) he is provoking it himself,” the Vatican whistleblower continued.
“Is this the attitude of a pastor who cares for the faithful? It is his own duty to prevent a schism.”
Moynihan published the remarks on September 11, saying that the Archbishop had made them to him in conversation that day.