The fact that The Holy Spirit guides the Church does not mean that the majority of Catholics will stay orthodox. Church doctrine is not decided by a vote.
But, this promise of Christ, Who is God, does mean that the Church will not ever promulgate heresy.
Will there be schism? Of course, and it has been a long time in coming-at least seventy years.
But, no pope can teach authoritatively something against Catholic doctrine or tradition.
Can bishops and cardinals leave the Church is droves? Yes, we saw this is both the Arian and Donatist controversies.
But, the Church, despite being severed by heresy continued and will continue.
Are we in for a rough ride? Yes.
Read my comment on this blog.
The Church may become very small, but it will not be destroyed.
Liberal priests and cardinals have plagued the Church. The Catholic Church does not decide doctrine in a political manner. The Holy Spirit decides the direction of the Church.
I would NOT compare a president with a pope. It is a false analogy. There logical fallacy here. The Pope is not primarily a political persona.
Catholic doctrine is not decided by vote. The Pope believes everyone should have a say because of collegiality, which he contradicted by being true Jesuit. Jesuits have very high sense of hierarchical structure. The Pope has one foot in collegiality and strong hierarchy-using it as he sees fit and this all may be totally unfair.
As to the Synod, Bishops have been liberal for ages but most people have not known this.
Many of the Cardinals are not holy, and they will lead people astray. But, it in the end, the Pope will never decide against doctrine.
The problem in this article is that Damian is confusing issues--one cannot talk about bishops messing things up and the pope messing things up without confusing people.
And why bring Benedict up even though the Pope Emeritus has been critical in the context of words like civil war? This language feeds the sedevacantist.
And, there are many other commentaries on line and in the press as earlier as ten days ago, such as Edward Feser, who did a better job on critiquing the synod mess.