Pontiff could be tried by the laity; must be convicted by the Bishops.
Catholic faithful may have had enough of Pope Francis’ always vague, often heretical statements. In what is undoubtedly an historic first, the laity is forming a Formal Inquiry to remove Jorge’ Bergoglio from the Vatican.
This latest controversy began when the pontiff was interviewed by his longtime friend and avowed atheist Eugenio Scalfari. In La Repubblica, Scalfari, claims that the Pope told him that once Jesus Christ became incarnate, he was a man, a “man of exceptional virtues” but “not at all a God.” “I know that Pope Francis conceives Christ as Jesus of Nazareth, man, not God incarnate. Once incarnate, Jesus stops being a God and becomes a man until his death on the cross.”
The teaching of the Catholic Church and most Christian churches is that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was incarnated as fully man and fully God.
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “The unique and altogether singular event of the Incarnation of the Son of God does not mean that Jesus Christ is part God and part man, nor does it imply that he is the result of a confused mixture of the divine and the human. He became truly man while remaining truly God. Jesus Christ is true God and true man. During the first centuries, the Church had to defend and clarify this truth of faith against the heresies that falsified it. (464)”
This is not the first time Bergoglio has stepped all in it, theologically speaking, in a Scalfari interview. In a March 2018 interview, Pope Francis reportedly said, “There is no Hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls.”
That interview caused an uproar and the Vatican claimed that what the Pope reportedly said was a “reconstruction” and not “quoted.” The Pope himself never denied what Scalfari reported and the article never ran a correction or removed the article from its website.
One commentator noted, “Now, obviously, as it has often happened with Francis’ informal interviews with Eugenio Scalfari, some will try to deny the veracity of what Scalfari, a seasoned journalist, affirms.”
A large group of less temperate Traditional Catholics loudly chanted, “Free Hong Kong” and “Impeachment is too good for him. Give him the Jorge Hernandez treatment.” The latter being an apparent reference to the mayor of a Mexican village whom locals tied to the back of a truck and dragged him through the streets for failing to deliver on an election pledge.