In the April 30, 2001 issue of The Remnant, there appeared an “urgent appeal” to the Holy See not to change the papacy. Since there is no evidence that Rome is even considering such a radical move, one wonders why such a plea was penned by four scholarly writers.
The writers are: Atila Sinke Guimarães, author of the 11-volume The Murky Waters of Vatican; Michael Matt, editor of The Remnant; John Vennari, columnist and commentator on Catholic matters; and Marian Horvat, professor and translator.
The article runs over six pages. It covers a myriad of topics, ranging from altar girls, so-called “inferior” Masses, the death penalty, ecumenism, Tradition, and the “Disciples of Christ.”
Page one of the paper blares: “The authors of We Resist You to the Face Beg Pope John Paul to Save the Papacy.”
Although there are materials by Archbishop John Quinn, Yves Cardinal Congar, Karl Cardinal Lehmann, and others, there is not one footnote (out of 39) to even give the slightest inkling that His Holiness has even thought of such an abstract possibility.
There is a scholarly term-paper-like analysis of the Papacy (including a discussion on the pontificates of Pius IX and Gregory XVI), the French Revolution, conciliarism, subsidiarity, modernism, Freemasonry, the People of God, and the like. But there is nothing to even give a hint as to why the authors think such a change is pending.
They hope the Pope or some representative of the Vatican will respond to their “filial request” to “open a dialogue.”
Whether or not someone will is academic. In absence thereof, Pro Ecclesia Foundation has responded – with a paid ad. We ask for a similar dialogue, but not with the Pope. He is far too busy.
It was written by four scholarly writers and is interesting, although it does not really advance the thesis significantly.