- Jan 25, 2020
A new open letter from conservative critics of Pope Francis has accused the pontiff of committing heresy and called on the world’s bishops to censure him and – if necessary – declare that he is no longer pope.
Nearly six weeks ago, a 25-page letter, signed by 62 theologians and clergy, accused Pope Francis of promoting heresy in ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ his 2016 document on the family. In a statement, the organizers called this ‘filial correction’ an epoch-making act, and it made a huge splash in the press. Why, then, haven’t more of the pope’s critics added their name to it?
Capuchin Father Thomas Weinandy, a former chief of staff for the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine and a current member of the Vatican’s International Theological Commission, has written Pope Francis to say the pontiff is causing “chronic confusion,” appointing bishops who “scandalize” the faithful, and prompting ordinary Catholics to “lose confidence in their supreme shepherd.”
Cardinal Pietro Parolin said Thursday that those who don’t agree with the pope are free to express themselves, “but on these things one must reason and find ways to understand one another.” His remarks were in response to a so-called “filial correction,” prepared by a few dozen traditionalist academics and clergy, accusing Pope Francis of propagating seven heretical positions concerning marriage, moral life and the sacraments with his 2016 document ‘Amoris Laetitia.’
A nonagenarian retired Texas bishop has added his name to a “filial correction” of Pope Francis submitted to the pontiff last month. The signatories have accused the pope of promoting heretical propositions in ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ his document on marriage. Bishop René Henry Gracida, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, says if Francis doesn’t respond to the petition, he would like to see the pope resign.