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

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  1. Praetorian

    Praetorian Powers

    We have to be very careful here. So many times I have thought one thing, then during research discovered opposing information that also seemed to have validity to it.

    In just looking for information after I wrote my response above I stumbled across this article which seems to indicate that Pope Honorious may not have been as bad as the reputation he has garnered. Perhaps he got the short end of the historical stick:
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  2. SgCatholic

    SgCatholic Maranatha

    “One of the Worst Crises in the History of the Catholic Church”
    By Julia Meloni

    On the eve of the 2013 conclave, Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga busily phoned cardinal voters from the Honduran embassy in Rome. He was one of the conclave’s key kingmakers—and he was vigorously promoting then-Cardinal Bergoglio for pope.

    That same day, Maradiaga attended a private meeting of Bergoglio supporters, including key revolutionaries from the St. Gallen mafia. Together, they tallied at least twenty-five votes for Bergoglio—who later opened, notably, with twenty-six. On the conclave’s second day, Maradiaga was back at work, shooting down a rival group’s lunchtime rumor that Bergoglio had only one lung. Four days later, the newly elected Pope Francis asked Maradiaga to head his powerful new Council of Cardinals.

    Six years later, the pope and his “vice pope” are both accused of perpetuating “one of the worst crises in the history of the Catholic Church.” A new open letteraddressed to the bishops of the Church accuses Pope Francis of being “guilty of the crime of heresy” and says “a heretical papacy may not be tolerated or dissimulated to avoid a worse evil.” The authors, many of whom are prominent priests and scholars, argue that Francis has now “publicly and pertinaciously” demonstrated belief in seven “interconnected” heresies—including one that legitimizes “many kinds of sexual activity outside of marriage.”

    The 20-page letter asserts a crucial “link” between the pope’s “rejection of Catholic teaching” and his “protection and promotion” of dissident and immoral clerics. As the authors continue:

    Canon law has traditionally considered that protecting, promoting and helping heretics can itself be evidence of heresy… By choosing heretical prelates for the most important posts in the Roman Curia, [Pope Francis] manifests an intention to impose these heresies upon the whole Church. By protecting clerics who are guilty of immoral and criminal sexual acts even when this protection causes grave scandal to the Church and threatens to lead to calamitous action by the civil authorities, he manifests disbelief in Catholic teaching on sexual morality…

    The pope’s words and actions, the authors say, “amount to a comprehensive rejection of Catholic teaching on marriage and sexual activity, on the moral law, and on grace and the forgiveness of sins.”

    Affirming that Amoris Laetitia allows Communion for adulterers; claiming that conscience can discern that God is “asking” one to break the sixth commandment (AL 303); naming Cardinal Danneels to the family synod even though he protected a pedophile; favoring Cardinal Coccopalmerio despite his call to emphasize the “positive elements” in homosexual relationships; promoting a cleric who reportedly got “trapped in an elevator with a male prostitute”—all these words and actions of Pope Francis (and more) are marshaled as evidence against him. In particular, the authors note that “Pope Francis has protected and promoted homosexually active clerics and clerical apologists for homosexual activity. This indicates that he believes that homosexual activity is not gravely sinful.”

    As one part of its voluminous evidence, the letter cites the papal favor enjoyed by Maradiaga, a revolutionary accused of fiercely covering up for a protégé bishop, Juan José Pineda Fasquelle. Pineda ultimately resigned amidst allegations that he sexually abused seminarians and embezzled over $1.3 million to “pay for sexual favors” and “maintain a network” of homosexual lovers. According to Martha Alegría Reichmann’s Sacred Betrayals, Maradiaga ferociously ruined the careers of at least six priests who spoke out against Pineda. She claims that the Vatican then “maneuvered so that Maradiaga would not be officially implicated as Pineda’s concealer.”

    Maradiaga has also attacked seminarians reporting homosexual misconduct and downplayed the gravity of Theodore McCarrick’s homosexual predation on seminarians. According to Archbishop Viganò, both men were behind the meteoric rise of Cardinal Cupich, a top revolutionary on homosexuality. Maradiaga has himself repeatedly pushed for groundbreaking “pastoral care” for those in same-sex relationships.

    Despite the scandals surrounding him, Maradiaga was recently in the media hailing a curial reform document that he helped draft. The overhaul will, reportedly, downgrade the CDF—five years after Maradiaga loudly rebuked the CDF’s then-head, Cardinal Müller, for defending the Church’s ban on Communion for adulterers. According to Paul Vallely, that high charged clash between Müller and the vice pope signified that the CDF “was supreme no more.” Now, any further downgrading of the CDF—critics fear—could pave the way for doctrinal and moral “anarchy.”

    Like an emissary of entropy, Maradiaga has knowingly courted that chaos. In a 2013 blueprint for this pontificate, Maradiaga glowingly announced that Vatican II “meant an end to the hostilities between the Church and Modernism, which was condemned in the First Vatican Council.” It was an astonishing admission from the vice pope himself: this pontificate would promote pacific accommodation with the super-heresy of Modernism. Indeed—as one signatory of the 2017 filial correction shortly thereafter warnedAmoris Laetitia’s underlying premises expose the revolutionaries’ Modernist view “that doctrine is basically changeable.”

    Another signatory of the 2017 filial correction, Roberto de Mattei, once describedan ominous “new wind” blowing in our times: “Instead of construction there is destruction. Instead of rebuilding there is demolition.” He was speaking broadly of the “nihilism” of “the new left,” but his diagnosis hauntingly fits the Church’s hardcore revolutionaries, intent on burning down the Church’s moral tradition like “spiritual arsonists.” Blazing moral anarchy—that is what the St. Gallen mafia and its allies plotted to ignite under this pontificate.

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  3. SgCatholic

    SgCatholic Maranatha

    In “so grave and unprecedented an emergency,” the authors of the open letter write:

    We … request that you take the steps necessary to deal with the grave situation of a
    heretical pope. 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.

    [We] believe that it will no longer suffice to teach the truth as it were abstractly, or even to deprecate “confusion” in the Church in rather general terms. For Catholics will hardly believe that the pope is attacking the faith unless this be said expressly; and hence, merely abstract denunciations risk providing a cover for Pope Francis to advance and to achieve his goal.

    [We appeal to you] publicly to admonish Pope Francis to abjure the heresies that he has professed… If—which God forbid!—Pope Francis does not bear the fruit of true repentance in response to these admonitions, we request that you carry out your duty of office to declare that he has committed the canonical delict of heresy and that he must suffer the canonical consequences of this crime.

    It is an extraordinarily grave request, but it must be assessed in the context of the revolutionaries’ ironfisted will to irrevocably alter the Church. As Maradiaga himself said in 2015: “The pope wants to take this Church renovation to the point where it becomes irreversible.”

    (Photo credit: Bohumil Petrik / CNA)
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  4. Dolours

    Dolours Powers

    According to reports about the Podesta emails, Cardinal Maradiaga was the Soros link with the Pope. Weren't they all part of the Catholic Spring group in Georgetown University? If so, and if the author's claims about Maradiaga canvassing votes before the conclave in collusion with the St. Gallen group are true, surely it must cry out for an investigation into the activities leading up to the Conclave and whether they breached the rules for electing a Pope.

    At least Cardinal Maradiaga has come out in the open and stopped calling the wreckovation the work of the Holy Spirit - he's talking now about the spirit of Pope Francis.
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  5. HeavenlyHosts

    HeavenlyHosts Powers

    May God save us from the spirit of Pope Francis.
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  6. Carol55

    Carol55 Ave Maria

    Dolours, I also thought that statement was peculiar.

    Imo, the following is the crux of the problem with Amoris Laetitia:

    The bishops of Buenos Aires issued guidelines for priests concerning the implementation of Amoris laetitia in September 2016. The Buenos Aires guidelines state, "When the concrete circumstances of a couple make it feasible, especially when both are Christians with a path of faith, the commitment to live in continence can be proposed." The guidelines continue, "In other more complex circumstances, and when a declaration of nullity could not be obtained, the aforementioned option may not be in fact feasible. However, a path of discernment is also possible. If it is recognized that, in a specific case, there are limitations that mitigate liability and guilt (see 301 - 302), particularly when a person considers that he would fall on a further fault damaging the children of the new union, Amoris laetitia opens the possibility of access to the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist (see notes 336 and 351)."[29]

    Pope Francis approved the Buenos Aires guidelines in a letter dated 5 September 2016, stating, "The writing is very good and explicitly the meaning of chapter VIII of Amoris laetitia. There are no other interpretations."[29]
    And this is, of course, discussed in this new letter which can be found here beginning at item number 7

    P., Yes, it is. :(
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  7. Agnes rose

    Agnes rose Archangels

    The true schism is here
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  8. I think it only serves to cause him to feel like a true crusader!
  9. Dolours

    Dolours Powers

    Carol, it has been clear from the day Amoris Laetitia was published that giving Communion to co-habiting couples, both heterosexual and homosexual, was the intention. We knew it. Priests knew it. Theologians knew it. Bishops knew it. The dubia Cardinals certainly knew it. The lavender lobby knew it. And the St. Gallen and Catholic Spring groups knew it because they had planned it long before Pope Benedict resigned. All the talk about how it can be interpreted in an orthodox manner is BS. It was BS from day one and it's BS now.

    Unfortunately, only Bishops can do anything to correct it and they won't. They will continue to sit back and watch as faithful priests are picked off one by one. Those who have any faith left in them would do well to ponder on how long it will take before the axe falls on them. And even if they escape the mercy axe in this life, they will answer before God for their silence.

    It has never been wrong for Catholics to seek clarity. Pope Francis and his henchmen have turned that into a sin while portraying real sin as good. Can you smell the smoke of Satan?
  10. BrianK

    BrianK Proud2bRC Staff Member

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  11. Beth B

    Beth B Beth Marie

    This was excellent!
    I was just going to post myself!
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  12. HeavenlyHosts

    HeavenlyHosts Powers

    Well, PE Benedict said many years ago that the Church would become very small.
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  13. Beth B

    Beth B Beth Marie

    That “Catholic spring” gang never had the publicity that it warranted.
    I want more information on it...but the little I know, it was so politically aligned with extreme liberal characters from Hillary’s campaign including that evil Podesta.
    This is big stuff! We have a dangerous Vatican.! Very dangerous!
    I’m betting that they are gearing up for the next presidential campaign.
    Pope Francis has become a political figure, not a spiritual father.
    He’s one scary pope....very sad.
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  14. Beth B

    Beth B Beth Marie

    I’d love to get in his head...what does he know that he’s not saying....?
  15. Praetorian

    Praetorian Powers

    There is no human way out of this. I honesty think if Pope Francis retired tomorrow the momentum is so far in the Modernist camp that it would make little difference. He has shown that you can radically change things and there will be little effective resistance. The next Pope will likely be a slightly more moderate and more polished one who will step in to take up the Modernist banner and continue with the "new reformation". The damage has been done. The crumbling facade of the old Church was kicked in.

    The old ways will always be carried on, but only by a numerically insignificant minority. Christian civilization is dying and being replaced by a neo-paganism/atheism.

    The answer is prayer, not regime change.
    In a twist on the old military saying "Pray and let God sort them out."
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  16. HeavenlyHosts

    HeavenlyHosts Powers

    PE Benedict made a prophecy some years ago. I am on my phone and can’t find it now.
    Praetorian is right. This requires much prayer.
    This all has to happen.
    Last edited: May 3, 2019
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  17. Beth B

    Beth B Beth Marie

    I agree HH...there doesn’t appear to be a solution other than prayer . God , please help us!
  18. Praetorian

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  19. Dolours

    Dolours Powers

    Thank you, Brian, for posting that video. Marshall and Taylor are the only people who have gone through each of the seven accusations of heresy contained in the letter. All the rest either dismiss it outright without addressing any of the accusations and go on to launch a personal attack on the signatories or pussyfoot around it.

    Raymond Arroyo's guest on the World Over tonight was Fr. Fessio of Ignatius Press. Fr. Fessio dismissed the attacks on the signatories, especially those (I reckon he meant Jimmy Aiken) who questioned their academic qualifications in theology. Fr. Fessio also had a very sensible answer to the claims that nobody can depose a Pope. He asked what would happen if a Pope got married and converted to Islam - would he still be Pope and would nobody have the authority to remove him from office? Fr. Fessio wasn't supporting the accusations but he repeated his previous statement that the Pope or someone from the Vatican should give a detailed response to the accusations. His answer to those who claim that the letter is causing confusion was that ordinary Catholics are already confused. He finished that point with mention of the German Bishops.

    The World Over programme should be on YouTube tomorrow. I really recommend that everyone watch it. Another guest spoke about the persecution of Christians, especially in China. Apparently, the official Church in China is replacing pictures of Jesus with pictures of President Xi.

    Somebody talked about the dangers of schism because faithful Catholics will be in a minority. Whatever happened to remaining loyal to the Deposit of Faith and trusting in God? When the False Prophet appears on the scene, will the majority vote trump the Deposit of Faith?
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  20. HeavenlyHosts

    HeavenlyHosts Powers

    Yes, this is it! Thank you for finding it.
    I also think it goes along with what Anna Catherine Emmerich saw in vision of the “new church” as opposed to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
    What Cardinal Ratzinger said about priests being “social workers” hit home when I read that tonight. He said that in 1969. Prescient! Prophetic!
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