In his 2018 article in The Remnant, Can the Church Defend Herself Against Bergoglio?, Christoper Ferrara presented the case for bishops to call an imperfect council to remove Bergoglio:

“So what can be done to defend the Church against Bergoglio?  That the mode of papal election by cardinals has persisted for nearly a thousand years has led to the general impression that it pertains to the irreformable divine constitution of the Church, but it certainly does not.  As to matters of purely ecclesiastical law such as this one the Church has always allowed for departures from traditional practice in cases of emergency or grave necessity. And just as a synod was employed to address three rival claimants to the papal throne in 1046, declaring at least two of them deposed, so today might it be possible for reform-minded cardinals and bishops, comprising an imperfect council, to undo the incalculable damage caused by the cabal that lobbied for Bergoglio’s election before the last conclave—a cabal that included none other than McCarrick, whom Bergoglio rewarded by rehabilitating that monster despite the massive evidence of his unspeakable crimes.”

 Mr. Ferrara discussed, an imperfect council could address either, or both, of the common grounds for arguing that Bergoglio has lost or never possessed the papacy: because he was not validly elected, or because he has fallen into heresy. As part of its scope, an imperfect council could consider the status of Benedict XVI as well. We who are not bishops do not need to resolve these questions — if faithful bishops gather to discern God’s will in these matters, we can have confidence that God will give them the grace to guide the Church.

The theoretical question of whether bishops can ever call an imperfect council to depose a pope does not depend on historical circumstances — they either can or they cannot, and Mr. Ferrara’s article cites various Catholic authorities in support of the imperfect council as a legitimate option.

Those who accuse Popes of grave errors and grave failings of faith — the papal accusers — often claim that an “imperfect” Ecumenical Council can depose the Pope. Such a Council is not truly Ecumenical, as it exists in opposition to the Roman Pontiff. (Hence the term “imperfect”.) A true Ecumenical Council is the body of Bishops gathered with the visible head of the Church, the Pope. A body without a head is a monster, not an Ecumenical Council “gathered in the Holy Spirit”.

Then the Magisterium clearly teaches that the body of Bishops, even altogether, has no authority in opposition to the Pope. Therefore, so far from judging and deposing the Pope, they cannot even declare that the Pope is a “manifest heretics” and that he ceases to be the Pope by the judgment of God, as some papal accusers claim.


There is a massive war being raged just now by the Traditional Mass Catholic Right etc, against Pope Francis and the Vatican.

The more extreme of these people and groups are rejecting the election of Francis as pope.

They are talking about the politicking that went on in the conclave that elected Francis.

There has ALWAYS been politicking as part of papal elections.

Only the most naive of people would believe that God Himself chooses or ever chose popes.

The RCC structure in man made.

Good Catholics get to God in spite of that structure and not because of it.

We know from all the scandals that the RCC is going to get a lot smaller.

Because of schism on the Right and on the Left it is also going to become very divided.