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62 clergy, lay scholars accuse Pope of propagating heresies

September 25, 2017

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CWN Editor's Note: Signatories of “A Filial Correction Concerning the Propagation of Heresies” include Msgr. Antonio Livi (dean emeritus of the Pontifical Lateran University), Ettore Gotti Tedeschi (former head of the Vatican bank), and Bishop Bernard Fellay, head of the Society of St. Pius X.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Sep. 25, 2017 7:05 PM ET USA

    A thought just occurred to me that had surfaced a year or so after Pope Francis' election to the papacy. In his own strange (twisted?) way, nn. 296 and 297 of AL might be accusing the Church herself of "condemning" (or damning?) someone. If we try to place ourselves in Francis' shoes (e.g., "left" good, "right" bad), then a "rigid" Church would be a Church that "condemns." Perhaps his thinking is so alien to our modern experiences that our styles of communication zip right past each other.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Sep. 25, 2017 1:15 PM ET USA

    When a priest in this forum challenged the "critics" of AL to cite evidence from the exhortation to support their claims, I was quick to point out one of the most egregious errors that evinced no ambiguity, was clear and to the point, and easily fit within the 500-character limit: "No one can be condemned for ever, because that is not the logic of the Gospel!" (Exclamation point in the original.) It is not surprising that this error is cited in two paragraphs (AL 296-297) of the Correction.