If I Go Wrong, You Will Correct Me. The Seven Heresies of “Amoris Laetitia”

If I Go Wrong, You Will Correct Me. The Seven Heresies of “Amoris Laetitia”

Sandro Magister
9/24/17

“Most Holy Father, 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, we are compelled to address a correction to Your Holiness on account of the propagation of heresies effected by the apostolic exhortation ‘Amoris Laetiti’ and by other words, deeds and omissions of Your Holiness.”

So begins the letter that 40 Catholic scholars from all over the world sent to Pope Francis last August 11 and are making public today, Sunday September 24, on the site www.correctiofilialis.org

The 40 signers have in the meantime become 62, and others could be added. But so far Francis has shown no sign of having taken their step into consideration.

A step that has no equal in the modern history of the Church. Because one has to go all the way back to 1333 to find the last analogous precedent, meaning a public “correction” addressed to the pope for heresies that were upheld and then in fact rejected by the pope at the time, John XXII.

The heresies denounced by the signers of the letter are seven. And they are all contained, in their judgment, in the eighth chapter of the apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia,” the crucial passages of which they present.

But not only there. The letter also lists a series of successive words, acts, and omissions with which Pope Francis is alleged to have further propagated those same heresies. Thereby giving “scandal to the Church and to the world.”

Which led to the decision not only to denounce this state of affairs publicly, but also to send to Pope Francis the explicit request to correct the errors that he has “upheld and propagated, causing great and imminent danger for souls.”

The actual “correctio,” written in Latin, takes up little more than one page of the 26 of the whole letter in the translations that the authors themselves have made of it.

With regard to which it must be said that, in the letter sent to the pope, the signatures are placed not at the end of the text but immediately after the “Correctio” and before the long final “Elucidation” that therefore has a value more accessory than substantial. This insists on the theological background of the heresies denounced, and identifies it in “modernism” and in the thought of Martin Luther, toward which Pope Francis – it states – indicates “an affinity without precedent.”

And among the signatures that were added afterward there also appears one of a bishop, the only one. It is Bernard Fellay, superior of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X, meaning the Lefebvrists.

This signature of his could in reality create more difficulties for Pope Francis than has the letter, for which he has so far made a show of indifference.

The fact that Fellay recognizes Francis as heretical seven times over makes difficult, if not impossible, that practical reconciliation which Francis himself has repeatedly demonstrated he wants to hasten with the Lefebvrists.

Getting back to the first 40 signers, among them are two of the six lay scholars who gathered in Rome last April 22 for the study seminar on “Amoris Laetitia” remembered by Carlo Caffarra in his last – and unheeded – letter to Pope Francis.

The two are Claudio Pierantoni, professor of philosophy at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, and Anna M. Silvas, Australian, a specialist on the Fathers of the Church and a professor at the University of New England.

For Pierantoni, Settimo Cielo published on September 14 a commentary that ended as follows:

“It is all the more necessary and urgent that some kind of ‘formal’, or, maybe better, ‘’filial’ correction to the Pope, finally appear. And may God grant the Holy Father an open heart to hear it.”

While Anna Silvas is remembered for having stated at the seminar on April 22 that she was skeptical about Pope Francis’s willingness to receive a “correction.”

Instead, she proposed for the current post-Christian era a “Benedict option,” inspired by the monasticism at the collapse of the ancient era, a humble and communal “dwelling” with Jesus and the Father (John 14:23) in trustful anticipation, made up of prayer and work, for the tempest shaking the world and the Church today to cease.

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2 comments on “If I Go Wrong, You Will Correct Me. The Seven Heresies of “Amoris Laetitia”

  1. One article has tried to downplay the whole thing as the product of fringe figures from the traditionalist movement.

    However, The Catholic Herald broadens the field with more theological context for relevant objections to Amoris Laetitia and its innovations:
    www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2017/09/24/sixty-scholars-and-priests-issue-correction-of-pope-francis/

    “The signatories are not the first to express concern about Amoris Laetitia and its aftermath. Two scholars, John Finnis and Germain Grisez, have also asked for the Pope to condemn some interpretations of Amoris Laetitia. Last month the theologian Fr Aidan Nichols suggested that a papal correction might be needed because of the Pope’s actions. The cardinals who presented the dubia may also issue a correction of the Pope this year.”

  2. While much may not come of this, yet I do think it is important for the good and learned priests and thinkers in the Church to make their position clear and openly condemn the heresies of this Pope and oppose him to the face. St. Paul opposed St. Peter to the face for far less. How much more are those in important positions bound in duty to oppose the errors of the Pope today.

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