Priests and Academics Accuse the Pope of Rome of Heresy
It has happened before. And now it has happened again.
With the sweeping changes which the first-ever Jesuit pope, Francis I, has been seeking to make to both the doctrine and practice of the Roman Catholic religion, it was inevitable that conservative Roman Catholics, firmly committed to orthodox Popish doctrine, would accuse him of being a heretic.
The latest such accusation occurred in April 2019.
19 conservative priests and Roman Catholic academics (more signed it afterwards) wrote an open letter, publicly accusing their pope of teaching heresy, and thus of being a heretic. And they went further still: they addressed the bishops of the entire Papal system, appealing to them to recognise Francis’ error, denounce him as a heretic, and what’s more – remove him from being pope of Rome.
In their own summary of their open letter, the authors write:
“The Open Letter to the bishops of the Catholic Church is the third stage in a process that began in the summer of 2016.
“At that time, an ad hoc group of Catholic clergy and scholars wrote a private letter to all the cardinals and Eastern Catholic patriarchs, pointing out heresies and other serious errors that appeared to be contained in or favoured by Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia.
“The following year, after Pope Francis had continued by word, deed, and omission to propagate many of these same heresies, a ‘Filial Correction’ was addressed to the pope by many of the same people, as well as by other clergy and scholars. The second letter was made public in September 2017, and a petition in support of it was signed by some 14,000 people. The authors of that letter stated however that they did not seek to judge whether Pope Francis was aware that he was causing heresy to spread.
“The present Open Letter to the bishops of the Catholic Church goes a stage further in claiming that Pope Francis is guilty of the crime of heresy.
“This crime is committed when a Catholic knowingly and persistently denies something which he knows that the Church teaches to be revealed by God.”
The signatories also stated: “We take this measure as a last resort to respond to the accumulating harm caused by Pope Francis’ words and actions over several years, which have given rise to one of the worst crises in the history of the Catholic Church.” And: “We therefore request that your Lordships [i.e. the bishops] urgently address the situation of Pope Francis’ public adherence to heresy”, and “publicly to admonish Pope Francis to abjure the heresies that he has professed.”
What is Francis Accused Of?
What are his heresies, according to the letter? They wrote: “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.” Among other things, the signatories accuse him of being too soft on divorced Roman Catholics; of not being outspoken in condemning abortion; of being too soft on, and indeed welcoming to, homosexuals; of being too accommodating to Protestants and Muslims; of supporting prelates who have disgraced the “Church” by their scandalous lives; etc.