Novus Ordo Watch is a sedevacantist website. As you probably know, sedevacantists hold that the chair of Peter has no legitimate occupant, i.e. Pope Francis (and every pope after Pius XII) is a fraud. So when Novus Ordo Watch picked up the Bear's piece, The Church of Everyone -- But You, the Bear had to think a bit.
If you look at the Church post-Pius XII, you can't deny the sedevacantists have plenty of evidence to support, how shall we put it, not so much a sickness in the Church, nor even an injury, but brutal and sustained torture. Only "the tortured Church" captures the malice, cruelty, danger and grief we have experienced over the last fifty years.
The Church has changed. Better, the Church has been afflicted by a multitude of changes, vandalized by wrong-headed and malicious people. Under Pope Francis, the changes have come at a dizzying rate, and they are not for the better.
So why, then, is the Bear not a sedevacantist?
Simply put, the Bear believes we can have destructive popes, men who are, for all their folly and mischief, still pope. The Church can be tortured, yet survive. The gates of Hell will not prevail against it, but beyond that there are no guarantees. The Bear cannot bring himself to accept that God would allow the Catholic "brand" to be taken over by anti-popes for half a century with no end in sight. A billion-plus souls look to Rome and Peter. Looking to Peter, even with his flaws, if only as a marker of legitimacy and unity, is the Catholic thing to do.
The final reason the Bear is not a sedevacantist is that is just doesn't feel right. When looking at sedevacantist websites, the Bear has the same gut feeling as when he looks at 9-11 truther websites. Yes, the individual facts seem like they could be right, but the whole thing lacks balance. The evidence to the contrary is not considered. Ultimately, asking someone to believe everything they know is wrong is asking a lot.
Sedevacantism, for all its fevered sincerity and impressive collection of individual exhibits, is extinguished by the Bear's apostolate of holy stubbornness: nail your foot to the floor in front of your favorite pew and die there. You've got to throw in with someone, after all, and for it's current disfigurement, the Bear throws in with the Church of Rome and Peter.
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