Snip from Who Shall Ascend? on Popolatry
.....Catholics should take the attitude that the only way that they can be absolutely sure that the heretical Popes of the Twentieth century have not violated the papal prerogative of infallibility is that Christ our Savior has assured us that He would personally prevent this from ever happening. (To read what these Pontiffs have said, and to watch them in action, one is moved to ask the perfectly logical question whether they have believed the Doctrine themselves.) To ask a Protestant to accept this Doctrine is to ask something understandably much more difficult than it was fifty years ago. And it is thus because the papal throne has been seized by committed Revolutionists, who have shown themselves determined with an audacity which surely has made Danton proud.
A far better approach is to make no reference to the great and holy Doctrines of Infallibility and Indefectibility at all. If they are true, and if we say we believe them to be so, they were given to the Church for its necessary protection by Him Who knew what terrible storms it would have to survive, and Who has all power. He said, ". . And the gates of Hell shall not prevail against [the Church]." (Mt. 16:18). And they were given to us for our assurance: "I am with you all days. . ."(Mt. 28:20). The protection of the pope and the preservation of the Church are strictly Christ's province. He has no need of our substantiating His promises; He knows what He is doing. "Why are you fearful, O ye of little faith?" (Mt. 8:26). If these two Doctrines be true, then whatever the popes have said or done, whatever they ever say or do, will not be a violation of the Church' s attribute of infallibility.
And no matter what anyone does, whether from within or without, he will not succeed in destroying the Church. The enemies of Christ's Church do not believe this, which explains why they will never cease to try.
In this post-Conciliar age, we are discovering what a small area of the Church's life and fabric Christ's aegis was promised to preserve. It is small consolation to us to be reminded that in other ages, the people cried out to God with the same desperation, and were tempted by the same demon of despair.
"Conservatives," to be sure, may be indignant that we should speak of them as "Popolators," people who give to the pope the worship which belongs to God alone. We are not exaggerating. What else can we call it when, while reporting the absence of any genuine concern with true Catholic spirituality, the disintegration within the Church, the undermining of every doctrine and moral precept, the transmogrification of the sacred liturgy, and all the other Sacramental rites, the progressive disruption of every aspect of Catholic life and discipline, they have adamantly refused to point the finger at the men without whose active instigation and sponsorship all this could never have happened, namely, the Conciliar Popes? Because it is a such sorrowful and distasteful task to do this, we would blame no one for refraining to making these observations. They are made for no other reason than that the whole Catholic world, it seems, is so infected with this virus, that it is impossible to answer their questions about the state of the Church, without first of all having to prove that one is in no way denying either the authority or the infallibility of the pope.
And they labor under this preoccupation for no other reason than that certain Catholic writers have bound up their minds and wills with their own papalist fixations. The complaint we have is that these individuals have suppressed the full truth of the destruction which has been wrought, in order to deflect blame from these Popes, and treated as blasphemers all who endeavored to present the facts as they were, and draw such conclusions as seemed inescapable. If one is willing to allow the Holy Church of God and all its doctrines to be systematically demolished, rather than tolerate the utterance of the truth about these Popes, who were the chief perpetrators, and if the only doctrine they will not allow to be compromised is that of the Papacy, what other name can be given to such behavior but "Popolatry?"