Yet nothing has changed for me.
Years ago when I returned to the Church and the sacraments, progressives and dissidents were establishing their roots. Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, Our Lady and the rosary, as well as obedience to the Holy Father were considered pre-Vatican II. The Holy Father was often derided - especially Paul VI after Humanae Vitae - it all went downhill from there. Odd visionaries and locutionists - ostensibly traditional Catholics, promoting devotion to Our Lady, promulgating their private revelations, and so on, also distanced themselves from the Pope, claiming the Pope had been replaced by an impostor, who allowed heresy to flourish. Their silly messages continue to be spread, and people continue to be led astray.
I didn't follow them.
Today the same old thing is happening again - this time by faithful Catholics, who claim the rights of apostles and saints to resist the Holy Father to his face, claiming he is teaching error, that he may be a heretic, or even deranged.
I don't follow them.
At Fatima in 1917, Our Lady told the children that if her requests for conversion, penance and reparation were ignored, among other suffering, the "Holy Father will have much to suffer." All of the Popes since the Council have had much to suffer. For me that's pretty much a sign the Holy Father remains Christ's vicar on earth. No matter how bad things get.
At Akita - if the message is to be believed - Our Lady said that in the end the only thing that will remain will be the sign left by her Son, and the prayers of the Rosary. What could that sign be but the Holy Eucharist.
I have the Rosary, the Eucharist, and the Pope. That is what I have always had since I returned to the Church.
I do not follow blogs that malign the Pope or foment doubt as to how the Holy Father is guiding the Church. I especially do not read posts by anyone presuming to resist the Holy Father to his face or by those who have the audacity to take upon themselves the task of publicly correcting what he says, or pointing out that which he may not do. Be they priest or layman. Therefore, please do not embed links to such websites in my combox. Get your own blog.
A blessed Triduum to all.