---from the 1912 CE article, Tradition and Living Magisterium
"The living magisterium, therefore, makes extensive use of documents of the past, but it does so while judging and interpreting, gladly finding in them its present thought, but likewise, when needful, distinguishing its present thought from what is traditional only in appearance. It is revealed truth always living in the mind of the Church, or, if it is preferred, the present thought of the Church in continuity with her traditional thought, which is for it the final criterion, according to which the living magisterium adopts as true or rejects as false the often obscure and confused formulas which occur in the monuments of the past.
"Thus are explained both her respect for the writings of the Fathers of the Church and her supreme independence towards those writings--she judges them more than she is judged by them."
"Schism is proximate to heresy" according to sacred tradition.
"The inevitable play of human passions, interfering in the election of the Vicar of Christ, may perchance for a while render uncertain the transmission of spiritual power. But when it is proved that the Church... acknowledges in the person of a certain Pope, until then doubtful [for some]... this her very recognition is a proof that...the occupant of the Apostolic See is as such invested by God himself. ----Abbot Guéranger, O.S.B., The Liturgical Year, Vol XII, pg. 188
Dr. Ludwig Ott in his theology manual Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma:
"That the Primacy is to be perpetuated in the successors of Peter is, indeed, not expressly stated in the words of the promise and conferring of the Primacy by Our Lord, but it flows as an inference from the nature and purpose of the primacy itself. As the function of the Primacy is to preserve the unity and solidarity of the Church; and as the Church, according to the will of her Divine Founder, is to continue substantially unchanged (visible and hierarchical) until the end of time for the perpetuation of the work of salvation, the Primacy also must be perpetuated. But Peter, like every other human being, was subject to death (John 21, 19), consequently his office must be transmitted to others. The structure of the Church cannot continue without the foundation which supports it (Mt. 16, 18): Christ's flock cannot exist without shepherds (John 21, 15-17). [emphasis mine]
The Apostolic Constitution Vacante Sede Apostolis issued by Pope Pius XII in 1945 made clear that
"None of the Cardinals may in any way, or by pretext or reason of any excommunication, suspension, or interdict whatsoever, or of any other ecclesiastical impediment , be excluded from the active and passive election of the Supreme Pontiff. We hereby suspend such [previous] censures solely for the purposes of the said [papal] election" (emphasis mine)
--->Michael Davies (From, Champion of TRADITION, 2004): "Claims have been made that one or more of the "conciliar popes", that is to say Pope John XXIII and his successors, were heretics and therefore forfeited the papacy. . . Without realizing it, they believe in a Church which can fail -- and such a Church is NOT THE CHURCH FOUNDED Our Lord Jesus Christ. The Church that He founded CANNOT FAIL, for it is indefectible (i.e. it cannot fail). It will continue to exist until the Second Coming as a visible, hierarchically governed body, teaching the truth and sanctifying its members with indubitably valid sacraments. .. Anyone wishing to dispute this assertion would need to state the doctrines de fide divina et catholica which any of these popes are alleged to have rejected pertinaciously. There is not one instance which comes remotely within this category. The nearest one can come to a formal contradiction between preconciliar and post-conciliar teaching is the subject of religious liberty. It has yet to be shown how they can be reconciled. [Note: Follow, on the contrary, the label below this post on Religious Liberty---SH] It is possible that the Magisterium will eventually have to present either a correction or at least a clarification of the teaching of Vatican II on this subject. Neither the pre-conciliar teaching nor that of the Council on religious liberty comes within the category of de fide divina et catholica, and so the question of formal heresy does not arise."
"The Holy Council [of Trent] declares moreover: The Church has always had, in the dispensation of the sacraments, their substance being saved, the power to decide or to modify what she judges better to suit the spiritual utility of those who receive them or with respect to the sacraments themselves, according to the variety of circumstances, times and places. The Council of Trent, Dz 1728; also Dz Herder ed, 1955, #931, p. 256"
"No man ought to sever himself from the unity of the Church before the time of the final separation of the just and the unjust merely because of the admixture of evil men in the Church." – St. Augustine, On Baptism
Popes Today should, many of us think, consult more extensively the popes of yesterday, especially (but hardly only) the popes of the past 200 years because these popes (and many bishops and other Catholic thinkers with them) saw very well the directions in which the world was heading, and they had already proposed brilliant answers with a view to rallying Catholic thinkers and people across the globe. Whether we are talking economics, secularism, the encroachments of outright nihilism or that "Universal Republic" (NWO) which they so often warned against, etc., these 19th and 20th century pre-Vatican II popes in particular left very little un-thought and they were incredibly lucid in their responses. In their day they made so many lasting converts by the compelling force of both their prescient understanding and their analysis. As G. K. Chesterton, himself a convert, said,
"Tradition may be defined as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about."Note: At the bottom of each page click "Older Posts" in order to view previous recent posts. Reminder: Download what you find helpful while you can.