If you apparently cannot agree with something of what I am about to say is either because you do not accept the doctrine of the Church, or, you mistook one of these distinctions I declared: Objective-Subjective; Material-Formal; Act-Potency; Valid-Licit. As the benefit of the doubt for you, I will presume that you mistook one of these distinctions.
Today (we are experiencing), I think, the greatest confusion that ever happened in the history of the Church. There were times, I agree, I admit, when there were two popes (at the same time), or three popes, and nobody knew who really the pope was (of the three). I am referring to the fourteenth century. But there was never a time when you did not know anything anymore about what is going on: Who is right? Who is wrong?
So, let me pronounce judgment – needless to say, not my own; but judgment based on the judgments of Church Tradition and the previous popes – on the present situation, using a document that was published by the present Pope (John Paul II) on the Second of July 1988. The Document is called Ecclesia Dei (Apostolic Letter Ecclesia Dei of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II Given Motu Proprio). This is a heretical, schismatic, and fraudulent Document. As you will see soon, this Document puts everything that is happening in the Church today in a nutshell, as they say.
The Document pronounces twice over heresy: material heresy. It pronounces schismatic statements. It is an error against moral theology. And it apparently ignores totally the new code of Canon Law published by the present Pope (John Paul II) in 1983.
I do not belong to (the group of) people who say the new code of Canon Law cannot possibly have any validity because the Pope is not the Pope anyway. I will come back to that later. I am saying that the new code of Canon Law, as far as it does not contradict Church Tradition or previous popes or Divine Law, is something to be accepted. The scandal is not what the new code says; the greatest scandal is that the Church today, what is called “The Church of the New Advent” a term that the present Pope (John Paul II) likes very much, is not sticking to its own Canon Law.
So, I will go through Ecclesia Dei, and, at the same time, discuss a few questions that will come up automatically with what (this Document) says.