PopeWatch: Filial Correction

Edward Pentin at National Catholic Register brings us the latest development in this bizarre ponitificate:



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 propagating heresies concerning marriage, the moral life, and reception of the sacraments.

Entitled Correctio filialis de haeresibus propagatis, meaning ‘A Filial Correction Concerning the Propagation of Heresies,’ the 25 page letter was delivered to the Holy Father at his Santa Marta residence on Aug. 11.

The Pope has so far not responded to the initiative, whose 62 signatories include the German intellectual Martin Mosebach, former president of the Vatican Bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, and the superior general of the Society of St. Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay (he learned of the document only after it had been delivered to the Pope and signed it on behalf of the Society).

The letter begins by saying that with “profound grief but moved by fidelity to our Lord Jesus Christ, by love for the Church and for the papacy, and by filial devotion toward yourself” the signatories feel “compelled” to take this action “on account of the propagation of heresies.”

They cite in particular Francis’ apostolic exhortation on marriage and the family, Amoris Laetitia, and “other words, deeds and omissions.”

They accuse the Pope 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.”

The clergy and scholars “respectfully insist” that Pope Francis condemn the heresies that he has directly or indirectly upheld, and that he teach the truth of the Catholic faith in its integrity.

The filial correction, the first to be made of a reigning Pontiff since Pope John XXII was admonished in 1333, is divided into three main parts.


Go here to read the rest.  What is occurring now in the Catholic Church has nearly destroyed many main line Protestant churches.  The Left has taken over those churches and reduced them to hollowed out politicized shells.  That is precisely what is being attempted in regard to the Church.  It is impossible to overestimate the damage the current pontificate is wreaking upon the Church. Bravo to those who are standing up and hisses to those clerics seeking to hide from their sacred responsibilities in this dire hour.

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  1. The Left has taken over those churches and reduced them to hollowed out politicized shells.

    The seminaries and the chanceries might be so described. Ordinary parish life is venue for people who want to be den mothers on salary, engage in dreary sing-a-longs and dreary kaffeeklatches. Some of the more verbose (see Benjamin Dueholm) blog or pen articles for The Christian Century. The children of these people commonly leave congregational life behind because they cannot see the point of it. To a great extent, Catholic parish life is already like this, with two qualifications: one can guess that people are tethered to the parish out of a sense of the efficacy of the sacraments while at the same time repelled (in a way they are not in Anglican or Lutheran congregations) by the aesthetic of the clergy and the active laity in the parish (which might be described as ‘degenerate Hallmark’).

    On another matter, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has a 4-digit workforce. What are all of these people doing all day?

  2. I signed up to the Lifesite News signature petition which went onto Facebook, and I received a terrible response – Mark Shea unfriended me on Facebook. I’m shattered – absolutely shattered – this is a condemnation worse than Purgatory. (chuckle*snigger*) Another friend of mine suggested that these people were the ‘anti-Pope Francis brigade. I fail to see how this is anti – Pope Francis, when all they are asking for is a clarification on what are positions directly opposed the Gospel and the enduring teaching and Tradition of the Church in Amoris Laetitia. Let’s let the dust settle.

  3. Pope Francis is the apotheosis of Vatican II which should be condemned as well. As an antidote to the heretical, political and depressing nonsense emanating from the Church today I’m listening to Dr. Jordan Peterson’s Bible Series on You Tube. It is heartwarming to see how he struggles to find the truth. And he isn’t even a Catholic or perhaps even a Christian.

  4. I am thrilled this has happened. I just hope the formal correction from the Bishops comes soon. Of course, Francis’ m.o. Is to ignore this stuff. So, we can expect no direct response. But this sure is encouraging for us pew sitters looking at what is going on, wondering when someone will say something.

  5. Warning: Not Charitable, but heart-felt.

    PF is not my pope. He earned it.

    Art wrote, “On another matter, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has a 4-digit workforce. What are all of these people doing all day?”

    It seems they see themselves as democrat party operatives. They are feverishly working for social justice, legalized abortion, LGTB privileges, and a score of other secular, humanist chimeras.

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