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Why did no cardinals sign the petition for filial correction of the Pope?  Apparently that was by design:



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.

Cardinal Raymond Burke in particular has been very public about a coming “formal correction” from cardinals after Pope Francis failed to respond to their call to clarify Amoris Laetitia.

So why didn’t he or others sign this “filial correction”?

The basic answer is that the scholars and pastors behind the initiative chose not to ask any cardinals to join them.

“We wanted this to be an independent initiative,” spokesman Dr. Joseph Shaw told LifeSiteNews. “We made the decision not to include the Cardinals.”

Shaw wishes to squelch any rumours – he has seen some on social media – that there were prelates working behind the scenes. “We want to make it absolutely clear that Cardinal Burke is not behind this initiative,” he said.

The primary reason for not asking the cardinals to sign the document was prudence. “It’s not practical to expect any Cardinal to sign any document of this nature,” said Shaw, “because it comes too close to the person of the Pope.”

Shaw, a Fellow of St. Benet’s Hall, Oxford University, contrasted the 25-page Correction to the short dubia sent to Pope Francis by Cardinals Brandmüller, Burke, Caffara and Meisner in 2016. Shaw praised the dubia letter for its “simplicity” and expressions of fidelity to the Pope. He explained that a Cardinal would not readily sign off on a theological document as complex and serious as the Filial Correction written by anyone but himself.

“The more senior [churchmen] are, the more careful they will want to be with the wording,” said Shaw. “They will want brevity.”

READ MORE: Over 60 scholars correct Pope Francis for ‘propagating heresies’

In Shaw’s view, theologians and pastors have more freedom than prelates to lay out the arguments against Amoris Laetitia and its problems. Meanwhile, the way the Filial Correction is set out “should be helpful to a wide variety of Catholics.”

Of course, the document was originally meant for an audience of one. The Filial Correction was sent to Rome six weeks ago and, Shaw told LifeSiteNews, was handed to Pope Francis personally in Casa Santa Marta. The signers received no answer.

“If Pope Francis had responded, we would have entered into another kind of conversation,” said Shaw. “So now we are including the Catholic faithful.”

Shaw knows the media is interested in who signed and how many signed, but he says that the number of signers of the Fraternal Correction is not the point. The important issue is the arguments presented. That is why the signers are all scholars or pastors.

“The way the Church develops things is in accordance with [theological] arguments,” Shaw explained. “There is development because the leading arguments have prevailed.”  He pointed out that people argued over the dogma of the Immaculate Conception for centuries. “It’s very important that the arguments be made,” Shaw stressed.

The Filial Correction was written by a core group from among the signatories who showed it to other scholars and pastors for their comments and contributions. It was revised many times before it was signed and sent.


Go here to read the rest.  Always remember that the laity have a duty, not a right but a duty, to defend orthodoxy when the clergy fail in their duty to do so.

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  1. Well, according to Karl Keating, the people who signed it are a bunch of “nobodies.” So perhaps a cardinal or two wouldn’t have hurt. In fairness, Mr. Keating later explained that by “somebodies” he meant “people who hold or have held responsible, higher positions in the Church or governments or academia.”

  2. Dubia. Silence.
    Filial correction. Then what?
    What is next?

    If he shrugs this off as he did to the dubia then what happens?

    More diatribes!(?)

  3. I find that the filial correction web page is available on Vatican computers, but access to the online petition is not. According to Greg Burke, director of Vatican Communications (or some such title), this is a general policy prohibiting personal information being given to certain computers in the Vatican….yep…

  4. Well, according to Karl Keating, the people who signed it are a bunch of “nobodies.” So perhaps a cardinal or two wouldn’t have hurt. In fairness, Mr. Keating later explained that by “somebodies” he meant “people who hold or have held responsible, higher positions in the Church or governments or academia.”

    Maybe in order to be a somebody, you have to run a philanthropic agency with fewer than 20 employees but pay yourself a salary of $250,000 a year.

  5. If a major goal is as it appears–the devolution of the hierarchy–it may well be that some dissent by traditionalists will be allowed, but only as justification to allow the Kasperite crowd to push their heresy. The excuse will be “fairness under the guise of faux moral equivalency.”

  6. It must mean something that ordinary individuals are have a significant grasp of church doctrine. It needs to be appreciate that ordinary people can and do understand church doctrine and that Pope Francis cannot escape from knowing church doctrine.

  7. I am working my way through 1 Chronicles again and it is interesting to note that God’s patience seems to be fairly abrupt in its wearing out. What I mean is that we see folks generally oriented towards Him turn soundly away from Him and WHAM! He acts.

    If His Holiness is in the wrong, and I think he is, he should read Chronicles again.

  8. Dr. Kurland:
    I am so disoriented by an article on Public Discourse entitled: A Path to Détente in the War over Abortion by Julia Heyduk part one, tomorrow, part two. Baby Roe became a ward of the Court when his life and civil rights were threatened by Roe v. Wade as was Dredd Scott and Terry Schindler Schiavo. I am a hardliner. Denial of the rational soul endowed at fertilization and the life of the human soul denied by our Justice Department cannot be acceptable. Abortion and infanticide have been practiced since before written history but never by a civilized nation. Civilized nations value the innocence of their Posterity.
    I am glad that there is God. What can I do?

  9. Mary, I’m a hardliner also. I don’t see how anyone who knows about embryology can draw a sharp line between human and non-human at any point for the development of the embryo into a foetus. If you’re going to kill children because they’re inconvenient or don’t meet an arbitrary standard of worthiness, you might as well do it after they emerge from the birth canal as before. There’s a logical coherence if not a moral one, to that position.

  10. Our UNANIMOUS DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE for which our War for Independence was fought, was ratified by every state. It states that “all men are created equal.” Roe v. Wade states that “all men are born equal.” Making of the state the final arbiter of who is a sovereign person from birth and who is not a sovereign person from fertilization. Scientific DNA gives testimony to the individual being a unique creation. The sovereign person wills to live.
    The state gives precedence to the parents “wanting” the child whom they have invited through the marital act and “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God”. Even the children fertilized in a test tube will to live. Their civil rights are reiteration of unalienable human rights endowed by “their Creator”. Roe v. Wade never bore the burden of proof that the child about to be aborted, the child about whom Roe v. Wade was being tried was anything but a sovereign person, a sovereign person who must be protected by our Constitution as our constitutional “Posterity.” from the Preamble.
    The state asked for “compelling interest”. The moral and legal innocence of the newly begotten sovereign person is the standard of Justice for the state and the “compelling interest”. The original innocence that is restored in Baptism and Reconciliation of the Catholic Church, but never by the state, is the standard of Justice for the state instituted by the sovereign personhood of its citizens and the unborn sovereignty of our constitutional Posterity”. The newly begotten institutes the state by his very existence.
    Reverence for life is mandated by our Founding Principles. The state does not give life, nor sovereign personhood. The state acknowledges the innocent rational soul of the sovereign person at birth with citizenship.
    The state refuses to acknowledge the soul of the unborn child. Abortion is some individual’s response to the gift of life from God.

  11. Brother Andre’ captures the Spirit of Fatima and the mistake of Pope Francis.
    …”to lead all souls to Heaven especially those in most need of thy Mercy.”

    A group of Catholic clergy, theologians, and other scholars publicly issued a “filial correction” of Pope Francis on Saturday, accusing the Supreme Pontiff of “propagating heresy” in the apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. The document, initially signed by forty scholars, was delivered to Pope Francis on August 11. Just as did the dubia of the four Cardinals which preceded it, the current effort focuses on the affronts to the Church’s moral magisterium resulting from Amoris. Unlike the dubia, though, this document considers certain “words, deeds, and omissions” of the Holy Father surrounding the apostolic exhortation’s promulgation and propagation.

    Reading this document while making preparations for our upcoming Saint Benedict Center Conference, I was reminded of our theme, “A Worldview in the Light of Fatima.” Such a worldview must have a correct appreciation of the Church’s teaching on sin. While the “grace and mercy” coming from the side of the Cross and flowing onto the altar in Sister Lucia’s vision at Tuy is indeed integral to the Fatima message, a neglect of the true doctrine of sin and God’s outraged justice renders the concept of mercy utterly meaningless. Frighteningly, a rejection of the true moral magisterium of the Church also corrodes the hope of mercy in favor of a mortally sinful presumption.

    The Fatima revelations have a great deal to say about sin, beginning with the apparitions of the “Angel of Peace” to the children, and going right through Our Lady’s six apparitions and subsequent private revelations to Saint Jacinta and Sister Lucia. The effects of sin, both on God and on man, left a deep impression on the innocent little shepherd children, especially after their vision of Hell.

    Here, then, are some extracts from the Fatima messages and the lives of the seers on the subject of sin and of sin’s Great Remedy for our time.

    In the summer of 1916, the “Angel of Peace” appeared for the second time to the children. Included in his message was this command: “Make of everything you can a sacrifice and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners.” (The bold emphasis is mine throughout.)

    Sister Lucia later wrote about this, “Those words of the Angel engraved themselves in our spirit, as a light which made us understand Who God is, how much He loves us and wants to be loved by us, the value of sacrifice and how pleasing it is to Him, and that out of respect for it, God converts sinners.”

    During the third and last apparition of the Angel of Peace, in autumn of 1916, he brought the Holy Eucharist to the children under both species. He adored the Blessed Sacrament, taught them the beautiful prayer of reparation to the Trinity, then gave them Holy Communion while saying these words: “Eat and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men. Make reparation for their crimes and console your God.”

    The Blessed Virgin’s first apparition to the children was on May 13 of 1917. Included in her message to them on that day are these words: “Are you willing to offer yourselves to God to bear all the sufferings He wants to send you, as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and for the conversion of sinners?”

    When Lucia, speaking for all of them, declared that they were so willing, the Angel said, “You are then going to have much to suffer, but the grace of God will be your comfort.”

    Also during this first apparition, Lucia asked the holy Virgin about a young lady named Amelia, who had recently died. Was this friend, who was eighteen to twenty years old at the time of her death, in Heaven? The Virgin’s shocking reply was, “She will be in Purgatory till the end of the world.” A priest made some inquiries about Amelia and discovered that, though she had died a penitent death, Amelia had tainted herself in the matter of purity with her brother-in-law.

    On June 13, Our Lady revealed Her Heart to the children in a particular fashion. Here is how Lucia described the vision: “In the palm of the right hand of Our Lady there was a Heart, surrounded by thorns which seemed to pierce it. We understood that it was the Immaculate Heart of Mary, outraged by the sins of humanity, which demanded reparation.”

    On July 13, the month of the terrible vision of Hell, Our Lady taught the little ones a prayer to say when offering a sacrifice: “Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say often to Jesus, especially whenever you make a sacrifice: ‘O Jesus, it is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’” Then they were shown the vision of Hell, which made a deep impression on them all, and which would have made them die of fright had they not been already assured of their salvation.

    Concerning the vision of August 19, Lucia relates that, “looking more sad, Our Lady said: ‘Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to Hell because they have no one to make sacrifices and pray for them.’”

    The subsequent lives of the visionaries, beginning only days after this message, will be marked with penance, mortification, and sacrifice that would be heroic in any adult, much more so in a child. The youngest, seven-year-old Saint Jacinta, was very generous in sacrificing herself for sinners by means of bodily mortifications and repeating the various prayers they were taught for the conversion of sinners. Soon after the August vision, she tied a rope around her waste, as did the others, and it caused her great pain, even to the point of tears. When Lucia told her to take it off, Saint Jacinta replied, “No! I want to offer this sacrifice to Our Lord in reparation and for the conversion of sinners.”

    Jacinta was frightened at the prospect that the war that was soon to break out (WWII) would kill many people, most of whom, she said, would go to Hell. “What a pity I have for poor sinners! Ah! If only I could show them hell!” she told Lucia.

    Saint Jacinta wanted to know what the sins were that caused people to go to Hell. She was favored with private visitations of Our Lady while staying at the orphanage of Our Lady of the Miracles at Lisbon. To the Superior there, Mother Maria da Purificação Godinho, the little one revealed something Our Lady told her: “The sins which lead most souls to Hell are sins of the flesh.”

    And she was sensitive to the effects of sin on Our Lord. When Lucia narrated to her the history of the Passion, Jacinta wept openly and declared, “Our poor Lord! I should never commit any sin. I don’t want Our Lord to suffer any more.”

    This sensitivity to Our Lord’s suffering, and a desire to “console” Him, as per the directives of the Angel in his third and final prelude to Our Lady’s coming, most impressed itself on little Francisco.

    The mysterious light that penetrated the three visionaries during Our Lady’s apparitions filled them with grace and illuminated their minds with a deep understanding of the mysteries of the Faith. Francisco declared, “We were burning in that light which is God and we were not consumed. What is God? We could never put it into words! Yes, truly, no one will ever be able to express it! What a pity it is that He is so sad! If only I could console Him!”

    At times, Saint Francisco would absent himself from all human society, even his fellow visionaries, to pray. When Lucia asked him about this, he replied, “I prefer to pray alone, in order to think, and to console Our Lord Who is so sad!”

    The thought that he himself could contribute to Our Lord’s sufferings afflicted him greatly: “Perhaps it is because of those sins I have committed that Our Lord is so sad!”

    Saint Jacinta gave herself most to prayer and mortification for the conversion of sinners. Saint Francisco devoted himself especially to consoling Our Lord and Our Lady, so hurt and “sad” because of sin. To Lucia fell the two-fold task of warning people about Hell and propagating, as a cloistered little missionary, the Great Remedy to sin and damnation.

    During the last of the six visits of Our Lady, on October 13, the Virgin told the children, just before the miracle of the sun, “Do not offend the Lord Our God any more, for He is already too much offended!” Those words dramatically moved Lucia, as she herself testifies:

    Of all the words spoken at this apparition the words most deeply engraved upon my heart are those of the request made by our Heavenly Mother : “ Do not offend Our Lord and God any more, for He is already so much offended. ”

    How loving a complaint, how tender a request ! Who will grant me to make it echo through the whole world, so that all the children of Our Mother in Heaven may hear the sound of Her voice ! 

    Just after the Miracle of the Sun, ten-year-old Lucia was carried on the shoulder of a man so she could make her way through the crowd. As she was being carried thus,

    With great enthusiasm and great faith she shouted  : “ Do penance ! Do penance ! Our Lady wants you to do penance ! If you do penance, the war will end… ” (In Portuguese, to do penance is equivalent to “ being converted, returning to God, fleeing sin,” and not “performing mortifications .”) She appeared inspired. It was really impressive to hear her. Her voice had intonations like the voice of a great prophet … (source)

    Later in life, the mature Sister Lucia would testify to Father Augustine Fuentes, the postulator for the causes of Jacinta and Francisco, “My mission is not to point out to the world the material chastisements which will surely come if the world does not pray and do penance. No. My mission is to indicate the imminent danger we all are in of losing our souls forever if we remain obstinate in sin.”

    Along with this mission, Sister Lucia of the Immaculate Heart was entrusted with another: to propagate the devotion to the Heart of Mary, which is precisely the remedy for sin and the refuge from Hell prescribed by God for these times. That the Heart of Mary is our remedy was testified by the holy Virgin Herself, significantly, just after the vision of Hell:

    You have seen Hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. … To prevent this [“war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father”], I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. …

    It was eight years later, on December 10, 1925, that the Blessed Virgin, with the Child Jesus, revealed to Sister Lucy the reparatory Communion of the First Saturdays of the month. This took place at the Dorothean convent in Pontevedra, Spain, where Sister Lucia was a postulant. Thanks to her tireless efforts, amid sorrows, afflictions, and dark nights, we know of the remedies: the traditional Rosary and the newly revealed devotion of the First Saturdays.

    There is nothing in these sobering and bracing messages to lull the sinner into a state of spiritual somnolence. There is nothing in the words of the Angel of Peace, of sweet Mary, or of these three chosen prophets of our times of “accompanying” the sinner by allowing him to commit mortal sins while sacrilegiously receiving Communion. (On the contrary, we are told by Heaven of “sins of the flesh” leading many to Hell, of God’s being “horribly outraged” by “ungrateful men” — even in the very Sacrament of His Love! — for whose “crimes” reparation must be made and God must be “consoled.”) There is nothing of the “seven heresies” of Amoris and its accompanying “words, deeds, and omissions.”

    The message is stark: Conversion or Hell. But the Immaculate Heart of Mary, so good and compassionate, will be our Refuge — if only we will stop ignoring Her messages in our sloth and obscuring them with the accommodating vagaries of a non-infallible paramagisterium.

    “Pray for the Holy Father…”! — Our Lord to Sister Lucia, October 22, 1940

    In the Immaculate Heart of Mary
    Brother Andre Marie.

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