The binary choice presented by each soul deadening danger can be avoided by the faithful Christian Catholic only by clinging to the Barque of Peter for Jesus is, has always been, and always will be, the head of His Church no matter how skilled or incompetent is the helmsman of The Barque of Peter.
Odysseus and his gang did not have a Divine Promise his vessel would not become a wrecked ship, but we do; even if the helmsman seems intent on making a shipwreck of The Barque, he can't because The Holy Ghost will provide, at a minimum, a zephyr, sufficient in force, to keep it from running aground.
The Charybdis of Papolatry will suck you down beneath the surface of rationality and as for the Scylla of Sedevacantism, who wants to watch them endlessly strike at the head of the Church on earth?
You say this epic epoch of epicene ecclesiastical events is enough to drive you right 'round the bend?
Well, Our Triune God willed that me and thee be alive at this very moment and so we must do as Jesus did in the farm of Gethsemane - we must drink the bitter chalice and not let it pass us by...
But, if you do run oft into a schism or sedevacantism you have run oft from having God try your Faith to see if it is as genuine as you imagine it to be - but you can not forever run oft from Jesus Christ for one day - and it may even be today - you will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ to answer for your panicked perfidy in the face of God's trial. Good luck with that...
Why Eminent Men are permitted by God to become Authors of Novelties in the Church.
[27.] But some one will ask, How is it then, that certain excellent persons, and of position in the Church, are often permitted by God to preach novel doctrines to Catholics? A proper question, certainly, and one which ought to be very carefully and fully dealt with, but answered at the same time, not in reliance upon one's own ability, but by the authority of the divine Law, and by appeal to the Church's determination.
Let us listen, then, to Holy Moses, and let him teach us why learned men, and such as because of their knowledge are even called Prophets by the apostle, are sometimes permitted to put forth novel doctrines, which the Old Testament is wont, by way of allegory, to call
strange gods,forasmuch as heretics pay the same sort of reverence to their notions that the Gentiles do to their gods.
Blessed Moses, then, writes thus in Deuteronomy:
If there arise among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams,that is, one holding office as a Doctor in the Church, who is believed by his disciples or auditors to teach by revelation: well—what follows?
and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder come to pass whereof he spoke,— he is pointing to some eminent doctor, whose learning is such that his followers believe him not only to know things human, but, moreover, to foreknow things superhuman, such as, their disciples commonly boast, were Valentinus, Donatus, Photinus, Apollinaris, and the rest of that sort! What next?
And shall say to you, Let us go after other gods, whom you know not, and serve them.What are those other gods but strange errors which you know not, that is, new and such as were never heard of before?
And let us serve them;that is,
Let us believe them, follow them.What last?
You shall not hearken to the words of that prophet or dreamer of dreams.
And why, I pray you, does not God forbid to be taught what God forbids to be heard?
For the Lord, your God, tries you, to know whether you love Him with all your heart and with all your soul.The reason is clearer than day why Divine Providence sometimes permits certain doctors of the Churches to preach new doctrines—
That the Lord your God may try you;he says. And assuredly it is a great trial when one whom you believe to be a prophet, a disciple of prophets, a doctor and defender of the truth, whom you have folded to your breast with the utmost veneration and love, when such a one of a sudden secretly and furtively brings in noxious errors, which you can neither quickly detect, being held by the prestige of former authority, nor lightly think it right to condemn, being prevented by affection for your old master.