Wherever you come down on the abdication question, do not let anyone shake your faith in the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. The question over whether Pope Benedict actually effectively abdicated is one of fact. We don’t know everything, we can only reason based upon factors we know and see in the light of the faith handed down to us. We must have the courage to act, combined with the humility to acknowledge we have limits in our abilities.
On the other hand, also have humility to accept the truth when you know it. And trust in Our Lord and Lady.
There is a danger in so tenaciously and precipitously maintaining a position of fact when all the facts weren’t, or aren’t, in. Witness the public near-despair of Steve Skojec. If you maintain a conclusion of a factual matter like it is a dogma, then when your factual conclusion makes no sense, you might doubt the Church that maintains the dogmas.
I saw more humility–more willingness to adapt factual conclusions that rely on some suppositions that can’t necessarily be proven to 100% certainty– by Ann Barnhardt herself (in the face of the insightful thesis of Dr. Mazza) than by the Trad Inc. thought leaders when new evidence pours in casting reasonable doubts on the putative abdication.
I know how I come down on this, but again, however you do, THE CHURCH CANNOT AND WILL NOT ERR. THE CHURCH CANNOT AND WILL NOT FAIL. JESUS CHRIST WILL NEVER ABANDON US.
So pray, hope, keep your eyes open and act according to the faith handed down to you. If you haven’t consecrated yourself to Mary, may I suggest this is the opportune time?