As I write this, there are ten days remaining until the opening of the Extraordinary Synod, and by all accounts it promises to be no less than an ecclesiastical earthquake. Novus Ordo Watch has taken the time to set up a poll asking its readers what their reaction to the Synod will be, in wake of the fact that the Synod is likely to defy divine law and give communion, or, in this case, “communion” to public adulterers.
For many Traditionalists, this Synod is their “red line”, and if Antipope Francis follows through with what everyone in Rome is saying he will do, many will become sedevacantists, and some believe that a schism is imminent in the Novus Ordo Sect.
Personally, I’ve also been following the Sirianist periodical Today’s Catholic World, in addition to the usual (and excellent) Novus Ordo Watch and Call Me Jorge. The Sirianists believe that there is a hidden pope in the world today, who goes by the name of “Gregory XVIII” in the line of Cardinal Siri, who was allegedly “Gregory XVII”. Obviously, I realize that there is much to be lacking in the evidence presented by the Sirianists, however, I was thinking recently that if a schism emerges in the Novus Ordo Sect, wouldn’t this be the opportune time for Gregory XVIII to reveal himself to the world?
Personally, I do not understand why Gregory XVIII does not reveal himself to the world, though if he is actually the pope, there must be some reason involved. Perhaps they wish to avoid a repeat of what allegedly happened to Siri?
Now, I have avoided making any final judgement on the Siri thesis, simply because the majority of the evidence has not be revealed yet. Cardinal Siri wrote a book that allegedly detailed the events of the Conclave of 1958, however, it will not be published until fifty years have passed since his death, which would be 2039 for those who are interested. But until sufficient evidence has been presented, I personally can hold no other position than sedevacantism.
But once again, Today’s Catholic World would do themselves a huge favor if Gregory XVIII revealed himself in the midst of the looming schism in the N.O. sect. If he did so, he might just bring about the end of the Crisis.