Clergy and Lay Scholars Issue Filial Correction of Pope Francis

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 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.”

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The signatories stress they are not accusing the Pope of formal heresy (when a person departs from the faith by doubting or denying some revealed truth with a full choice of the will), and are making “no judgment about Pope Francis’s culpability in propagating the seven heresies” as it is “not their task to judge about whether the sin of heresy has been committed.”

The 25 page letter was delivered to the Holy Father at his Santa Marta residence on Aug. 11. This is the first filial correction of a reigning Pontiff since Pope John XXII was admonished in 1333 for teaching that the souls in heaven wouldn’t see God completely until after the Last Judgment, a heresy he recanted on his deathbed.

Pope Francis has so far not responded.



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4 responses to “Clergy and Lay Scholars Issue Filial Correction of Pope Francis

  1. Overdue, tbh. After he ignored the request for clarification sent in by some of the cardinals (at least one of whom has since died), I suppose this was a necessary next step. I’m not hopeful about getting a good (or any) reply, though.

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  2. chrissythehyphenated

    After the release of the historic ‘filial correction’ to the Pope on the weekend, many concerned Catholics have wondered why no Cardinals attached their name. The answer is that the scholars and pastors wanted it to be an independent initiative and so chose not to ask any cardinals to join them.

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  3. chrissythehyphenated

    Recently Pope Francis sneered at all of us so-called “climate deniers”, telling us to “ask the scientists.” For me, that was the last straw. My position on climate is based on having listened to the scientists! Grrr. I took his picture down. Anyway, I saw this today, written by an actual climate scientist.

    “The Pope is right. It is a good idea to ask actual scientists about their best guess of the uncertainties involved in climate change. One thing every climate scientist, myself included, will tell you is that it is 100% certain the climate will change.

    “It’s just as certain that nothing on earth can stop the climate from changing. … The climate of the earth has never stood still, and never will. That means efforts to ‘battle’ or ‘stop’ climate change are futile. This position in physics is known as climate realism.”

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