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 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 signatories stress they are not accusing the Pope of formal heresy (when a person departs from the faith by doubting or denying some revealed truth with a full choice of the will), and are making “no judgment about Pope Francis’s culpability in propagating the seven heresies” as it is “not their task to judge about whether the sin of heresy has been committed.”
The 25 page letter was delivered to the Holy Father at his Santa Marta residence on Aug. 11. This is the first filial correction of a reigning Pontiff since Pope John XXII was admonished in 1333 for teaching that the souls in heaven wouldn’t see God completely until after the Last Judgment, a heresy he recanted on his deathbed.
Pope Francis has so far not responded.