Critics do a disservice to Open Letter on Pope Francis’ heresies by ignoring its core arguments

LifeSiteNews | 5/31/2019 | Staff
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May 31, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – In the wake of the issuance of the “Open letter to the bishops of the Catholic Church” regarding Pope Francis’ alleged guilt of heresy, critics of the letter have been eager to exploit the very real flaws in the document while evading or even distorting its many valid points. Their attempts to dismiss the letter without addressing the legitimate concerns it raises do a disservice to the Catholic faithful, who have a right to expect more of the class of theologians and professional Catholics whose responsibility it is to protect and explain the Catholic faith.

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The open letter (see full text here), which has been signed by such academic luminaries as Fr. Aidan Nichols, Dr. Josef Seifert, Professor John Rist, and Dr. Claudio Pierantoni, is indeed marred by a few imprecise and even inappropriate elements that have undermined the document’s effectiveness and have given ammunition to critics eager to avoid answering its very strong points regarding Pope Francis’ increasingly destructive misbehavior in office.

The letter, for example, gives a list of misdeeds by Francis that includes low level appointments of men of questionable character and doctrinal orthodoxy, the pontiff’s failure to speak publicly in favor of some pro-life campaigns, and even his use of a staff that the letter characterizes as “satanic.” The first two items are too vague and weak to prove a charge of heresy, and the last is simply false: the staff used by Francis at the Synod on Youth in 2018 was given to him by a group of young Catholics whose intentions were to represent the cross of Christ.

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The document is also undermined by its appeal to the bishops individually to pass judgment on the pope, to rebuke him and,...
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