Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice, And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Ephesians 6:11-15
As long-time readers of this blog are aware I put much stock into approved apparitions and apparitions from reputable holy saints (canonized and soon-to-be-canonized.)
It is worth noting that Our Lady of Akita said this to Sr. Agnes (on October 13, 1973, a highly significant date in-and-of-itself):
Pray very much for the Pope, Bishops, and Priests. Since your Baptism you have always prayed faithfully for them. Continue to pray very much...very much.
The Pope at the time that Our Lady commanded us to pray for the pope, bishops and priests was St. Pope Paul VI.
If St. Paul VI was not an actual pope - if he was a usurper, a fake pope - Our Lady would not have asked for us to pray for him. She would not have asked us to pray for the bishops and priests who are under spiritual attack everywhere in the world.
No matter how disgusting the behavior of prelates becomes, how heretical their pronouncements, faithful Catholics have to keep two things in mind:
1.) Priests and Bishops are under the kind of spiritual attack on a daily basis that we, as lay people, could never imagine. Do you know how you feel concupiscence after receiving absolution in the Sacrament of Reconciliation? Imagine that x100 for your average parish priest, x1000 for your average bishop and x1,000,000 for the pope.
2.) We have been commanded by the Mother of God to assist the priests and bishops around the world by praying for them. Repeatedly. Faithfully. With love. We have to do it. We have to help with the means that we have been given.
Sedevacantism would take us out of this battle, have us disobey the commands of Mary, cut the faithful off from the sacraments that Christ shed His precious blood to institute and thus weaken the armour of God in every believer that are supposed to help stand against the deceits of the devil.
The route from Sedevacantism to apostasy is well-trodden. Without the full armour of God, including communion with the Church and the worthy reception of the saracraments, it can lead nowhere else.
We pray for the Pope to resist the spiritual attacks that he is under.
We pray for the Bishops to do the same.
And we pray for priests to help us, the faithful, survive in this time of spiritual calamity.