Can. 87 §1. A diocesan bishop, whenever he judges that it contributes to their spiritual good, is able to dispense the faithful from universal and particular disciplinary laws issued for his territory or his subjects by the supreme authority of the Church. He is not able to dispense, however, from procedural or penal laws nor from those whose dispensation is specially reserved to the Apostolic See or some other authority.
§2. If recourse to the Holy See is difficult and, at the same time, there is danger of grave harm in delay, any ordinary is able to dispense from these same laws even if dispensation is reserved to the Holy See, provided that it concerns a dispensation which the Holy See is accustomed to grant under the same circumstances, without prejudice to the prescript of can. 291.
We have now arrived at the point in the RCC whereby certain adherents of the Latin Mass are urging bishops to disobey Pope Francis and the Vatican on the suppression of the Latin Mass.
This is quite a serious development – since many of these Latin Mass folk reject the teachings and practices of the Second Vatican Council – which was a full Church Council.
Is this in fact, not urging bishops to revolt against Francis and Rome and go into schism?
I think that schism in the RCC has been on the cards for some time in different ways.
On the left the German Church has been following a path of its own on the questions of giving Holy Communion to the divorced and Protestants and on the question of the blessing of same sex marriage and unions.
On the right we have people clamouring for the refusal of Holy Communion to pro abortion politicians and clamouring for the Latin Mass.
Do we now have two Roman Catholic churches?
1. The Liberal Roman Catholic Church?
2. The Right Wing Roman Catholic Church?
And, can these two work together.
Or do they need to split and be two distinct Roman Catholic Churches?
1000 years ago the Church split into Eastern and Western.
In the 16th century the Western Church split into the Catholic and Protestant churches.
Are we now facing a new split?