What we are going to see, should this pope live long enough, is going to be a case of “semper eadem” gone wild. We are going to see some major Roman Catholic “non-negotiables” be changed in our lifetimes, maybe within the next few years – in ways that will stretch Newman’s “theory of development” contorted far beyond the cover it was intended to provide for “changes” in the early church.
The consequences will be two-fold. First, we will see the media celebrating how, in modifying many long-held positions (and remember that the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching, marriage is a sacrament and therefore a doctrine), Roman Catholicism is going to be converted to, and even a spokesman for, many of the secular ethics that have crept into popular thinking.
And second, we will be treated to the spectacle of conservative Roman Catholics trying to explain precisely how no “essential teaching” has been changed.
Revelation 16:13-16: And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.