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    Prominent clergy, scholars accuse Pope Francis of heresy in open letter

    May 1, 2019 update: 12 more names have been added to list of signers of the open letter, bringing total up to 31.
    April 30, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Prominent clergymen and scholars including Fr. Aidan Nichols, one of the best-known theologians in the English-speaking world, have issued an open letter accusing Pope Francis of committing heresy. They ask the bishops of the Catholic Church, to whom the open letter is addressed, to "take the steps necessary to deal with the grave situation" of a pope committing this crime.
    The authors base their charge of heresy on the manifold manifestations of Pope Francis' embrace of positions contrary to the faith and his dubious support of prelates who in their lives have shown themselves to have a clear disrespect for the Church's faith and morals.
    "We take this measure as a last resort to respond to the accumulating harm caused by Pope Francis's words and actions over several years, which have given rise to one of the worst crises in the history of the Catholic Church," the authors state. The open letter is available in Dutch, Italian, German, French, and Spanish.
    Among the signatories are well-respected scholars such as Father Thomas Crean, Fr. John Hunwicke, Professor John Rist, Dr. Anna Silvas, Professor Claudio Pierantoni, Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, and Dr. John Lamont. The text is dated "Easter Week" and appears on the traditional Feast Day of St. Catherine of Siena, a saint who counseled and admonished several popes in her time.
    The 20-page document is a follow-up to the 2017 Filial Correction of Pope Francis that was signed originally by 62 scholars and which stated that the Pope has “effectively upheld 7 heretical positions about marriage, the moral life, and the reception of the sacraments, and has caused these heretical opinions to spread in the Catholic Church,” especially in light of his 2016 exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
    The authors of the open letter state in a summary of their letter (read below) that it has now become clear that Pope Francis is aware of his own positions contrary to the faith and that the time has come to go a "stage further" by claiming that Pope Francis is "guilty of the crime of heresy.”
    "We limit ourselves to accusing him of heresy on occasions where he has publicly denied truths of the faith, and then consistently acted in a way that demonstrates that he disbelieves these truths that he has publicly denied," the authors state.


    In light of this situation, the authors call upon the bishops of the Church to take action since a "heretical papacy may not be tolerated or dissimulated to avoid a worse evil.”
    For this reason, the authors “respectfully request the bishops of the Church to investigate the accusations contained in the letter, so that if they judge them to be well founded they may free the Church from her present distress, in accordance with the hallowed adage, Salus animarum prima lex (‘the salvation of souls is the highest law’). The bishops can do this, the writers suggest, “by admonishing Pope Francis to reject these heresies, and if he should persistently refuse, by declaring that he has freely deprived himself of the papacy.”
    The authors first present in detail – and with theological references to substantiate their claims – the different positions against the faith Pope Francis has shown himself to hold, propagate, or support, including “seven propositions contradicting divinely revealed truth.”
    One of the heresies the authors accuse Pope Francis of committing is expressed in the following proposition: “A Christian believer can have full knowledge of a divine law and voluntarily choose to break it in a serious matter, but not be in a state of mortal sin as a result of this action.” Many of these heretical statements touch on questions of marriage and the family and are to be found in Amoris Laetitia, but there is also a new claim made by Pope Francis in 2019 – namely, that the “diversity of religions” is “willed by God” – that is listed in the open letter.
    In one section of the open letter, the authors list the many prelates as well as lay people, who, despite openly dissenting from Catholic doctrine and morals — either by word or by deed — have been by Pope Francis either publicly praised (such as Emma Bonino) or raised to influential positions (such as Cardinal Oscar Rodrigez Maradiaga). On this list are names such as Cardinal Blase Cupich, Cardinal Godfried Danneels, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, and Bishop Juan Barros.
    The fact that Pope Francis never responded to the dubia (questions) concerning Amoris Laetitia published by Cardinals Carlo Caffarra, Joachim Meisner, Walter Brandmüller, and Raymond Burke is mentioned. Moreover, the authors point out that Pope Francis has changed the members of the Pontifical Academy for Life to such an extent that orthodox Catholic experts have been replaced by heterodox experts, such as Father Maurizio Chiodi.

    More at: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pr...in-open-letter
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    I despise this Pope, but, tempting as it would be to shout sede vacante, maintenance of the church hierarchy is more important.

    Francis too shall pass.
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    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

    A Zero Hedge comment

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    Newark archbishop Cardinal Joseph Tobin, whose pro-LGBT views put him at odds with the Bible, has been appointed as a member of the Congregation for Catholic Education by globalist Pope Francis.
    Tobin, who serves as an Archbishop in Newark, N.J., once claimed on national TV that Biblical teachings on gay marriage were “disordered” and “unfortunate” because of the use of “hurtful” language. He wants to get away from the Bible and conform to modern cultural standards, making him the perfect choice for Pope Francis for this position.
    “The Church, I think, is having its own conversation about what our faith has us do and say with people in relationships that are same-sex. What should be without debate is that we are called to welcome them,” Tobin said while appearing on NBC’s Today Show.
    His words are in direct contradiction to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which prohibits any tolerance for homosexual acts by stating the following:


    They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
    Tobin has opened the doors for homosexuals to the Cathedral-Basilica of the Sacred Heart for a blasphemous “LGBT Pilgrimage” where the sinful lives of these individuals were honored on Church grounds. This man will now help implement directives for schools, institutes, colleges, and universities under the auspices of the Catholic Church.
    Tobin has also authorized the “2nd Annual Pride Mass in Support of Our LGBTQ Brothers and Sisters” at the Our Lady of Grace in Hoboken church scheduled to take place on June 30. The attendees will be encouraged to attend a pride march, alongside scantily-clad men in leather bondage attire and abused transgender children, after the mass concludes.
    He is also rumored to be a homosexual himself. Tobin wrote in a bizarre Tweet last year: “Nighty-night, baby. I love you.” Tobin later deleted the post and claimed it was meant for his sister. It is speculated that Tobin once lived with a young Italian male actor in his residence, who may have been the actual recipient of the Twitter love note.

    More at: https://bigleaguepolitics.com/pope-f...lic-education/
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

    A Zero Hedge comment

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    In a historic move, a small cadre of Catholic bishops and cardinals have joined forces to issue a formal "declaration of truths" to reaffirm long-established Church doctrine in the face of what they describe as "universal doctrinal confusion and disorientation" under the Francis pontificate.

    Though the eight-page document released by the National Catholic Register does not mention Pope Francis by name, it undoubtedly addresses several statements he has made (either recently or throughout his pontificate) that have carried with them an aura of ambiguity that permits disobedience to Catholic moral teachings — such as when he said, while visiting the Middle East, that God wills other religions. Everything that Pope Francis has either downplayed or ignored — from homosexual acts to divorce to priestly celibacy to abortion to the death penalty — the document addresses.
    In the introduction, the bishops discredit the idea of dogmatic evolution currently prevailing among the modern Catholic world, which says that some sort of new discovery can somehow negate a past declaration of Truth. For instance, the modern relativist would say that the Church needs to "get with the times" on certain moral issues like homosexuality and abortion, which would be a total reversal of the Church previously declaring those actions morally wrong, despite whatever unfortunate circumstance that led to them.
    The right meaning of the expressions "living tradition," "living Magisterium," "hermeneutic of continuity," and "development of doctrine" includes the truth that whatever new insights may be expressed regarding the deposit of faith, nevertheless they cannot be contrary to what the Church has always proposed in the same dogma, in the same sense, and in the same meaning.
    Later, the document addresses the doctrine of hell, affirming that both fallen angels and human souls go there for eternity if they should die outside the grace of God.


    "Hell exists and those who are condemned to hell for any unrepented mortal sin are eternally punished there by Divine justice," the document states. "Not only fallen angels but also human souls are damned eternally. Eternally damned human beings will not be annihilated, since their souls are immortal according to the infallible teaching of the Church."
    As Easter approached in 2018, 93-year-old atheist journalist Eugenio Scalfari reported that Pope Francis allegedly told him in private that souls do not go to hell and instead believed in the heretical doctrine of annihilation — the idea that unrepentant souls simply cease to exist after death rather than eternal damnation.


    "They are not punished — those who repent obtain the forgiveness of God and enter the rank of souls who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot therefore be forgiven disappear," Scalfari alleged Pope Francis said.
    "There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls," he allegedly added.
    When the article broke, the Vatican did not issue an emphatic condemnation of Scalfari's words and only said that he did not provide a "faithful transcription" of the Holy Father's words. There was no formal declaration by Pope Francis or the Vatican reaffirming Church doctrine.
    Read the full document here, which was formally signed by two cardinals and three bishops.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/48264...lear-paul-bois
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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