Catholic laywoman says pope isn’t Catholic

The Thinking Housewife has decided that the pope is not in fact the pope.

Other posts of hers continue the theme.

So, we have a woman, who should – according to St Paul – be seeking guidance from her husband on spiritual issues, deciding that the pope is not the pope, and that the See of Peter is vacant (a position known as sedevacantism).

This is like a private criticising a field marshal.

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16 responses to this post.

  1. She may be a housewife, but she seems deficient in the ‘thinking’ department. A brief glance at her blog reveals that she ‘thinks’ that blessing an unborn child at its parents’ marriage is to sanction “extra-marital relations”. She also peddles a 9/11 conspiracy theory. More like the unthinking housewife!

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    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on August 18, 2015 at 4:26 am

      She seems to have gone off the deep end of late.

      She used to be more sensible, if I recall. But this latest jag is unendurable. There is another woman who does this too, giving out free advice to cardinals and so on. I can’t think of her name, but she is wont to pose in a white dress, heels and holding a pink rifle.

      The above post is the toned-down version of what I was originally going to write.

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    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on September 23, 2015 at 2:43 am

      alcest, I don’t know. But I suspect she is annoyed with Francis over his style and his perceived attitude to American capitalism. Although as he said today, he is not a “leftie” and he simply teaches in line with Catholic social doctrine.

      Francis has a habit of being too loose in his expression, but people need to remember that none of his remarks are attempts to teach formally. People who overstate papal authority tend to end up in trouble, and ultimately even doubting that the pope is legitimate, because all popes make random remarks at times. But much of what a pope says and even teaches (“as a private doctor”) is not meant to be infallible.

      As for her psychological motives, I think she is falling into the common habit of pontificating while not being the pontiff.

      I find it particularly irritating coming from lay women who have no official standing of course.

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      • Posted by alcestiseshtemoa on September 23, 2015 at 3:47 pm

        Thanks for the response. Appreciated.

      • Posted by Julian O'Dea on September 23, 2015 at 9:37 pm

        There is an irony in women who would probably claim to support patriarchy undermining patriarchy.

        There is nothing wrong with a lay man, or even a lay woman, commenting on the propriety of the actions or words of a pope or other prelate, but both these women have a disrespectful attitude to those above them in the hierarchy.

  2. Posted by Slumlord on August 19, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    You know Julian, I’m of the opinion that there are two types of cafeteria Catholics, those who who prefer the sweet teachings and those who prefer the savory ones. I find it quite amusing to see that those who invoked “Papal Authority” are the very same ones to ditch it when the pope pushes a teaching they don’t like.

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    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on August 19, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Yes indeed.

      And they tend to share one thing: no apparent understanding of the different weight to be attached to various papal acts and statements.

      Also, popes are not impeccable. They can show poor judgement and foolishness like any other man.

      But what really gets me is that some of the people giving popes and “princes of the church” advice on how to do their jobs are women. If I thought any one of them was a latterday St Catherine of Siena, I might take them seriously. But what they seem to be is women who have absolutely no authority to comment.

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      • Posted by Slumlord on August 19, 2015 at 12:53 pm

        And they tend to share one thing: no apparent understanding of the different weight to be attached to various papal acts and statements.

        Cognitive misers don’t do subtlety.

      • Posted by Jim on August 26, 2015 at 4:57 pm

        Well, you know women. They’re like rebellious children. Every once in a awhile they need a spanking (or at least a good talking to). These so-called Christian women can have the biggest mouths.

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