May 7, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The April 30 Open Letter to Bishops has caused much discussion among Catholic circles. The authors of the letter have appealed to the bishops of the world, for the sake of the salvation of souls, “as our spiritual fathers, vicars of Christ within your own jurisdictions and not vicars of the Roman pontiff, publicly to admonish Pope Francis to abjure the heresies that he has professed.” Some of the heresies they name flow out of the Pope's post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, on marriage and the family, and which opened the path to many episcopal guidelines now allowing “remarried” divorcees to receive Holy Communion contrary to perennial Church teaching. [Read the full article here]
8 May, 2019 (St. Mark the Evangelist) - The above article from Maike Hickson at LifeSiteNews contains details of the numerous times that Catholics, both clergy and laymen, have tried to reach out to Pope Francis to ask him to either clarify or condemn some statement/teaching of his that, on the face of it, seems heretical or can be interpreted as such. Most of these clarifications centre around Amoris Laetitia, and other such documents.
This author has to admit that I am not surprised that Pope Francis has now been openly accused of heresy, as presented in the 20-page Open Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church. It is something that has been coming down the line for some time, and the continuing build up of materially heretical and gravely erroneous statements - both oral and written - that have poured out from the Vatican since March 2013, when Francis was elected, have caused quite a doctrinal war in the Church.
Some of the responses to the Open Letter have been telling, especially the response by Jimmy Akin who claimed that the signers of the Letter don't have the qualifications to issue such a Letter, which is ironic and rich considering (1) the two leading signers of the Open Letter are renowned and well-accomplished theologians and, (2) Jimmy has no qualifications in theology at all and is an amateur.
There is really not much I can say regarding this affair. It's just another episode in The Bergoglian Papacy. In just three months time, in August 2019, it will be the first anniversary of The Summer of Shame. Now, it's this. How many of these sorts of things are we going to have to muddle through? And, for the record, the Vatican won't respond to this Open Letter, and if they do, it'll only be a condemnation of it and its authors and signers.
Being a Catholic nowadays feels like some sort of washing cycle - am I am getting sick of the never ending spinning.