By Matt C. Abbott
(RenewAmerica) I very recently asked Bishop Rene Henry Gracida, bishop emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas, the following question:
Would you say that this pontificate [of Pope Francis] has thus far been more heterodox and confusing than orthodox and edifying?
Bishop Gracida's answer:
Most Catholics are unaware that there have been instances in Church
history when a pope either taught heresy, or failed in his duty to
suppress heresy. And if it happened before, it can happen again.
For example: Pope Nicholas I said that baptism was valid whether
administered in the name of the Three Persons of the Most Holy Trinity
or in the name of Christ only. In this Pope Nicholas was mistaken.
Baptism in the name of Christ only is not valid.
Pope Honorius, in order to justify a compromise with heretics, said in
634: 'We must be careful not to rekindle ancient quarrels.' On this
argument, the pope allowed error to spread freely, with the result that
truth and orthodoxy were effectively banished.
St. Sophronius of Jerusalem, almost alone, stood up to Pope Honorius and
accused him of heresy. Eventually the pope repented, but died without
repairing the immeasurable harm he did to the Church due to his
compromising principle. Thus, the Third Council of Constantinople cast
its anathema upon him, and this was confirmed by Pope St. Leo II... (continued)