So how does the National Catholic Reporter celebrate the feast of St. Juan Diego? Why of course by linking to articles denying that he ever existed.
Yes a nice way to start a day. Commit heresy. The First Vatican Council defined the limited circumstances when a Pope is exercises his charism of infallibility. Canonization of saints by the Pope uses the very language used to define something that all the faithful must believe. The pope states “we declare and define that Blessed N., is a saint” (example) which triggers the Church’s gift of infallibility. So to deny that Juan Diego is a saint is also to deny the First Vatican Council on papal infallibility. An ex cathedra statement requires an assent of faith. Anyone who denies thus teachings, or who obstinately doubts these teachings are in heresy and thereby automatically excommunicated as per Canon law.
Spirit of Vatican II types seem to forget Lumen Gentium discussion of the four levels of Church teaching. Yeah I know reading the actual documents is a bit much.
Up to the time that St. Juan Diego was canonized certainly there could be historical arguments about the actual existence of this man. So for the NCReporter’s to continue to imply that he did not exist is heresy – or at least one more added to the heap for them.
Anne Rice in her last book in the Vampire Chronicles involved St. Juan Diego in the plot. At one point the Vampire Lestat reads an article about him since he has a subscription to the National Catholic Reporter (figures). So questions of his existence are part of the novel and it is obvious that Anne Rice was swayed by this dissident rag. Lestat ponders the intersection of papal infallibility and a non-existent saint and imagines Juan Diego popping into Heaven upon the Pope’s proclamation. Well at least the Vampire Lestat seems to have a higher regard for papal infallibility than the National Catholic Reporter.