Pope Francis Rebuked

As Glenn Instapundit Reynolds notes: “SO THIS IS KIND OF BIG”

“The filial correction, the first to be made of a reigning Pontiff since Pope John XXII was admonished in 1333, is divided into three main parts.”

That may qualify as an understatement.

Clergy and Lay Scholars Issue Filial Correction of Pope Francis

By Edward Pentin, the National Catholic Register

The initiative, the first time such a mechanism has been used since the Middle Ages, accuses the Pope of “propagating heresies” and respectfully asks that he teach the truth of the Catholic faith in its integrity.

A group of clergy and lay scholars from around the world have taken the very rare step of presenting Pope Francis with 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 Pope has so far not responded to the initiative, whose 62 signatories include the German intellectual Martin Mosebach, former president of the Vatican Bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, and the superior general of the Society of St. Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay (he learned of the document only after it had been delivered to the Pope and signed it on behalf of the Society).

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, 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.”

Francis has so far not publicly responded to the rebuke.

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  • jim_m

    I haven’t read the whole thing yet but it it seems that a lot of the concerns are over sacrament for people who have been divorced and remarried and Francis indicating that this is OK, whereas RCC doctrine has called it adultery for many centuries.

    The last time such a letter was delivered was 1333. This isn’t the norm for the church, but then most popes manage to uphold church doctrine and not systematically undermine it as he has. While I will agree that the RCC needs to reassess some of their traditions I would say that Francis is too much like obama to accomplish such a task successfully. He believes that he is capable of reforming the church with a pen and a phone and this simply is not the case. Even if many Catholics will agree with him they will not agree with his methods.

    It’s a shame that we no longer have our resident papist to defend Francis and condemn all these clergy as schismatics and heretics.

    • Brett Buck

      It’s a shame that we no longer have our resident papist to defend Francis and condemn all these clergy as schismatics and heretics.

      No it’s not! It became perfectly clear to me that the nitwit in question had the sort of understanding of the precepts of the church that a parrot has of the phrase “AKW! pieces of eight!”. He added nothing to the understanding of, well, anything,

      The Roman Catholic Church is an interesting topic in a historical sense, primarily as the current extension of the original Roman Empire. Also as one of the first and most blatant of the religions in terms of extortion/”protection racket” – “That’s a nice afterlife you have there, it would be a shame if something was to happen to it” which it acted out in the most obvious ways possible for centuries.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    The Catholic Church’s refusal to allow those who remarry after divorce to participate in communion led my wife to our Baptist Church…..so I guess I would like the RCC to continue this policy.

    • Retired military

      I would like to make a correction on your statement.
      If a person divorces they can still receive communion as long as they go through the annulment process which is fairly simple to do.
      In addition they can receive communion as long as their marriage is blessed by the church (usually by going through either a full or simplified exchanging of the vows in church in front of a priest and witnesses. My wife and I did this with our sons as witnesses) even if they are married to a nonCatholic.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        Ah yes, the annulment process. My wife’s father went through that. Modern day indulgence. My now mother-in-law was pretty bitter about that – were her three children now illegitimate?
        I don’t want to get into a Catholic/Protestant argument, as I find many, many more similarities than differences, especially on the important issues…..but, most protestant churches are much simpler. If you confess your sins and repent, you are forgiven by God’s grace and may receive communion.

  • Olsoljer

    The Catholic Church has been spitting in the face of Christians since it’s founding.

  • yetanotherjohn

    Cool. The Catholic Church has already said all of us protestants are heretics and without salvation, so now the Pope can join us.

    • HpO

      “So now the Pope can join us”? The former Argentinian Junta’s Priest, you mean?

      • yetanotherjohn

        Heretic, theretic, every wheretic.

  • Paul Hooson

    The faith of Jesus was the Jewish faith, but his followers also believed him to be the Son Of God, which most Jews did not follow or believe. From this standpoint followers of Jesus should follow Jewish teachings, but believe that Jesus is their awaited Messiah. Little of the Catholic views are in-line with the Jewish faith of Jesus, so since so much is only church doctrines, it should be open to revisions and debates. Catholic rules, Baptist rules, Mormon rules were not given to Moses at Mt. Sinai, but the basis of the Jewish law that Jesus followed.

    • HpO

      “The Jewish law that Jesus followed”? To the point of perfection, you mean? To the point where the entire Law became fulfilled by Him, you mean? To the point that, seeing as Jesus fulfilled the Law, He is now the New Law, you mean?

      You didn’t say. I can only guess. Which is that, that’s not what you meant.

      • Brett Buck

        Ignore him, this is more off-topic stream of consciousness drivel where he tries to remind everyone for the 10,000th time that he is Jewish for some reason.

        • Paul Hooson

          The Roman Catholic faith is largely a Mary worship cult, unlike the Jewish faith of Jesus. Since this faith is not the faith of Jesus and based on it’s own new-found beliefs, it is open to debate and revision and the Pope cannot be a heretic for revising it’s beliefs since he is supposed to be the “infallible” leader of that faith.

          • Scalia

            Since this faith is not the faith of Jesus and based on it’s own new-found beliefs, it is open to debate and revision…

            Yeah, it’s not like Reformed Jews, Conservative Jews and Orthodox Jews have debated and revised things along the way. It’s nice to know they agree on everything and are just one big happy family.

            Do you even think about what you type? Do you simply speak the first thing that pops into your head without considering whether it’s coherent?

          • Clearly not.

        • Excellent advice.

  • HpO

    I take it, Rodney Graves, that “heresies” are spiritually bad for everybody in the Catholic Church? Well now, since in this openended, she-says-he-says context, the “reigning Pontiff” or “the Holy Father” or “the papacy” is spiritually bad for them, aren’t the “clergy” and “the Vatican Bank”, too, then? Come to think of it, why not consider all 7 of “the sacraments” spiritually bad for them as well, and not just the “sacraments” of “marriage” and Eucharist?

    • You should take it as significant that a group of ordained and lay theologians have accused the Pontiflex Maximus of the Roman Catholic Church of spreading heresy.