My learned and generous friend, Professor Bill Tighe, points me to an aricle in The Remnant headed "Is there still a Pope in Rome?"
I commend it to you. My hesitancy regards its title.
There certainly is still a Pope in Rome.
There is only one pope in Rome.
His (assumed) name is Francis.
He is still possessed of the fulness of pontifical power, even though he has freely chosen, for the time being, to place that power IN SUSPENSE.
It is the duty of each and every Christian in the world to be in full communion with him.
There is just one snag. Instead of performing the role placed in his hands by his Master, he has retired to his 'snug' in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he spends all his time looking at old episodes of Sex in the City.
We Brits know that it would be much better for him (and for us and for the world) if, instead, he devoted all those long hours to a careful study of Fawlty Towers, followed by Father Ted..
Does it matter how we retired clergy spend our time ... and what we say when, interminable bores that we are, we begin yet another rambling observation with the phrase "When I was pope ..."?
I fear that it might do. Do I need to tell you that there are some rather unpleasant people around, not least in the Congregation for Bishops?
It is vitally important that we give these crooks ... and the trainee crooks whom they advance ... no opportunity to claim that we are Sedevacantists.
I am not joking. As they get more and more frustrated ...