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Like most big families, the Catholic Church has its share of sibling rivalry. There was some good-natured ribbing when the first Jesuit pope (Francis) took the name of the founder of the Franciscan order. In my hometown, parishes compete for market share in their Church festivals and Friday fish fries. And there is some less good-natured ribbing about “cafeteria Catholics” or those who imagine themselves to be “more Catholic than the pope.”

But a couple of Brazilian bishops have raised the bar on dissent:

The prior of the monastery, Thomas Aquinas, explained the split simply: “The Pope is less Catholic than us.”

The conflict has its roots in the Society of Saint Pius X, the splinter group opposed to the changes brought by Vatican II. During his reign, Pope Benedict XVI extended an olive branch to the group, readmitting its excommunicated bishops and allowing for the traditional Mass to be said under certain conditions. But one of these new rogues had been himself expelled from SSPX because of inflammatory comments denying the Holocaust.

This new ultra-traditionalist movement is calling itself “The Resistance,” claiming to follow the popes of previous generations and rejecting the “new religion” of Pope Francis. Imagining a world ready for his message, the movement’s leader, Bishop Faure says:

If there is another World War … maybe the Church will go back to the way it was before.

Perhaps of interest to Church-watchers, nowhere in the Reuters interview did anyone mention Jesus.

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."