Even if the Pope were Satan incarnate, we ought not to raise up our heads against him, but calmly lie down to rest on his bosom. He who rebels against our Father is condemned to death, for that which we do to him we do to Christ: we honor Christ if we honor the Pope; we dishonor Christ if we dishonor the Pope. I know very well that many defend themselves by boasting: “They are so corrupt, and work all manner of evil!” But God has commanded that, even if the priests, the pastors, and Christ-on-earth were incarnate devils, we be obedient and subject to them, not for their sakes, but for the sake of God, and out of obedience to Him.” – St. Catherine of Siena, SCS, p. 201-202, p. 222, (quoted in Apostolic Digest, by Michael Malone, Book 5: “The Book of Obedience”, Chapter 1: “There is No Salvation Without Personal Submission to the Pope”).
Thank you for this T.A. McMahon and Dave Hunt
Years ago I had a man write in and scorn me for daring to say anything against contemplative prayer. (I’d mentioned that some of the mystics who really made a name for themselves were Catholic nuns.)
If you’re Catholic, do you agree with this? If you do, please tell me why you do. I found what St. Catherine of Siena said to be disturbing to say the least.