There is this recent pernicious opinion being expressed by Opus Dei, by certain members of CI, and by other pro-Francis groups that even if the Pope expresses heresy openly, which Francis has done, that he remains Pope until a council declares him a heretic. Of course, isn't it Catholic teaching that the Pope is above a Council with the teaching of Papal Supremacy? Thus, the Pope could void whatever a council declares, and we would be back at the start.
This opinion that a heretical pope remains a pope seems diabolic.
What can we do with this obtuse and wicked Vatican bureaucracy? It seems like the Vatican is convinced that the Pope can remain an obstinate heretic and still rule as Pope.
I hear you ma'am, however it mitigates confusion to maintain the distinction "heretical", "heresy" and "heretic".
The most key, bottom line point is to note that, canonically
speaking, the presumption of innocence in these types of cases does not apply
, and at the same time many tend to forget the key point of pertinacity.
Popes can be wrong,
and they can even inadvertently
What they absolutely cannot
be, as was written previously, is a manifest heretic;
it takes pertinacity to be such.
This is likely the point when someone chimes in about infallibility, which remains irrelevant no matter how much some would have us fixate upon it.
"He didn't teach anything!"
He doesn't have to "teach" anything, formally or otherwise, to be a manifest heretic. He just has to obstinately doubt
an article of faith.
Anyone can look up the definition, and they can see that "teaching", "infallibility" etc. aren't mentioned.