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Catholic Clergy and Scholars Present “Formal Filial Correction” to Pope Francis

Catholic Clergy and Scholars Present “Formal Filial Correction” to Pope Francis

The initiative, not used since the Middle Ages, accuses the Pope of “propagating heresies.”

When Pope Francis became head of the Catholic church, many were hopeful that the dynamic and humble priest would blossom into a great leader.

It appears now that the Pope’s social justice agenda is not appealing to a good portion of the Catholic faithful.

Several dozen Catholic clergy members and lay scholars have presented Pope Francis with a document known as a “formal filial correction”, accusing him of propagating heresies concerning marriage, the moral life, and reception of the sacraments.

Entitled Correctio filialis de haeresibus propagatis, meaning ‘A Filial Correction Concerning the Propagation of Heresies,’ the 25 page letter was delivered to the Holy Father at his Santa Marta residence on Aug. 11.

…The letter begins by saying that with “profound grief but moved by fidelity to our Lord Jesus Christ, by love for the Church and for the papacy, and by filial devotion toward yourself” the signatories feel “compelled” to take this action “on account of the propagation of heresies.”

They cite in particular Francis’ apostolic exhortation on marriage and the family, Amoris Laetitia [“Joy of Love”], and “other words, deeds and omissions.”

They accuse the Pope of upholding seven heretical positions about “marriage, the moral life, and the reception of the sacraments” which, they say, has “caused these heretical opinions to spread in the Catholic Church.”

The clergy and scholars “respectfully insist” that Pope Francis condemn the heresies that he has directly or indirectly upheld, and that he teach the truth of the Catholic faith in its integrity.

The last time a filial correction was issued was in 1333 when Pope John XXII was admonished.

Check here the full text of the correction, and the list of signatories.

While the signatories stress they are not accusing the Pope of formal heresy, it is clear they are not happy about the theological direction Pope Francis is taking.

The initiative follows another formal act by four tradition-minded cardinals who wrote Francis last year asking him to clarify a series of questions, or “dubbia,” they had about his 2016 text.

Francis hasn’t responded to either initiative. The Vatican spokesman didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment late Saturday.

None of the signatories of the new letter is a cardinal, and the highest-ranking churchman listed is actually someone whose organization has no legal standing in the Catholic Church: Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior of the breakaway Society of St. Pius X. Several other signatories are well-known admirers of the old Latin Mass which Fellay’s followers celebrate.

But organizers said the initiative was nevertheless significant and a sign of the concern among a certain contingent of academics and pastors over Francis’ positions, which they said posed a danger to the faithful.

“There is a role for theologians and philosophers to explain to people the church’s teaching, to correct misunderstandings,” said Joseph Shaw, a spokesman for the initiative, signatory of the correction and senior research fellow in moral philosophy at Oxford University.

I may have to work-up something along these lines in response to the papal climate change encyclical!


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Papa Che’s response will probably be to excommunicate them.

Every setback is an opportunity… This is a time for the Pope to ‘bond’ closer to his Muslim friends. Perhaps he could ask them to come over and clean up his doctrinal mess. The Pope and his friends could get together afterwards and curse Israel together, showing their enduring friendship has grown stronger.

Dear Papa Frankie,

You’re a loon.

/signed/ by those who want the Faith followed faithfully

It was better when “Is the Pope Catholic?” was asked with a wink instead of it being an actual question.

The Pope is obviously garnering SJW indulgences to offset all the times he pretended not to hear the cries of children being molested by his brothers.

Funny how despite the radical jihadisterrorists, I become bigoted toward Catholicism but not Islam. They taught me well.

How naive. The writers of the “Correction” assume that the Pope worships the same Deity that they do. Haven’t they heard of the Church of Karl, Rising.

buckeyeminuteman | September 24, 2017 at 1:29 pm

It seems the Pope is not infallible after all. Jorge Bergoglio is just a man, same as anyone else. And just like anyone else, he can be led astray by the popular feelings of the time.

Just as in the case of the NFL, everything the political left touches turns to shit.

This appears to be akin to a few ultra-conservatives writing to and admonishing President Trump about some of his statements. They’re concerned that he may be misleading people as to what it means to be a conservative and may, as well, be mis-representing what is constitutional. This is the way this matter seems to me.

As noted in the article, none of the Signatories of Filial Correction is a Cardinal. Also, none is a Bishop. Two of them have only a Master of Arts degree. Also, some of them are affiliated with the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX). It hasn’t agreed with any Pope from present day back to Pope Paul VI. While this doesn’t nullify their questions and points of concern, it does, as far as I’m concerned, call into the significance of this act.

As far as Martin Luther and the Reformers are concerned, for some years there have been ecumenical dialogue taking place between the Catholic Church, various Protestant denominations, and the Orthodox. For example, in October of 1999, the Catholic Church and The Lutheran World Federation agreed to a “Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.” This declaration doesn’t mean that there is now but consensus, but rather there are areas of agreement which, due to the hostilities of the reformation, became overlooked.

While not a Papal scholar, I have heard it said that Pope Francis is not saying much all that different that Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Also, that some of what he has said has been pirated by the media for their own purposes. I do know that Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has spoken of the “wide umbrella” of the Church and that there are those who would have it be more narrow. To a degree, I interpret the current Pope’s statements in this regard.

Given the nature of the chaos and turmoil in our nation and in parts of the world, it may be well to remember the prayer of another Francis, Saint Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

    8 cardinals sent their own letter a long time ago. If Francis doesn’t answer that letter, he is a heretic. That’s cannon law. Francis has not answered the letter, and has made no statement that he intends to reply.

    Heretics are still allowed to be pope, though.

      DieJustAsHappy in reply to InEssence. | September 24, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      Four Cardinal – Carlo Caffarra, archbishop emeritus of Bologna; Raymond Burke, patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta; Walter Brandmüller, president emeritus of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences; and Joachim Meisner, archbishop emeritus of Cologne – sent five questions to Pope Francis September 19, 2016. Inasmuch as the Pope has not replied, they have stated we “have interpreted his sovereign decision as an invitation to continue the reflection and the discussion, calmly and with respect” and “are informing the entire people of God about our initiative, offering all of the documentation.”

      I’ve read no citation of Canon Law nor formal claim of heresy. However, if you believe in the correctness of your position, you might discuss it with persons more versed in Catholicism than I. On such venue is Catholic Answers Forums at
      They are receptive of persons seeking open and honest discussion.

The commie Dope has done for Catholicism what obama has done for the democrat party.

In the latter case, that was a good thing.