September 25, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – LifeSiteNews launched a petition today supporting the scholars who have issued a “filial correction” of Pope Francis for “propagating heresies.” The petition allows laity to urge the Pope to retract his support for “heretical positions that are causing errors to spread throughout the Church.”
“Your Holiness, I make no judgment about your own personal culpability in promoting these heresies,” the petition says.
It asks Pope Francis “to bring clarity by condemning” heretical positions “for the good of the Church and the salvation of souls.” At the same time, it joins the scholars in expressing “filial devotion” to the Pope, and “profound regret.”
Pope Francis has promoted heresy through his “words, deeds and omissions,” according to the filial correction.
One case of this is his refusal to answer the dubia, a formal request for clarity on whether Amoris Laetitia is aligned with Catholic morality. Another, the signers say, is affirming the bishops of Buenos Aires’ guidelines allowing Holy Communion for those in adulterous unions.
There is “no other interpretation” of Amoris Laetitia than this one, Pope Francis wrote of the guidelines.
The filial correction also details the “false and heretical propositions” Pope Francis has “directly or indirectly” upheld through his “words, deeds, and omissions.”
These propositions include the notions that some of God’s commandments are too hard to follow, that Christians knowingly committing mortal sin aren’t in a state of mortal sin, and that adultery can sometimes be the will of God.
“We respectfully insist that Your Holiness publicly reject these propositions, thus accomplishing the mandate of our Lord Jesus Christ given to St Peter and through him to all his successors until the end of the world: ‘I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and thou, being once converted, confirm thy brethren,’” the signers concluded.
“I pledge to pray for you that you will ‘confirm thy brethren’ in the life-giving truths of our faith,” the LifeSiteNews petition tells Pope Francis.
The website of the filial correction invites people to sign onto the official statement, particularly those with academic credentials. Steve Skojec of OnePeterFive also began a change.org petition in support of the filial correction.
“Because it appears that the authors of the document intended to include only the signatures of credentialed theologians, pastors, and scholars who could add the weight of their academic expertise to the cause, we have created this petition to be signed by any and every member of the laity, no matter their station in life, in support of their effort,” wrote Skojec.
The last time a correction like this from the laity to the Pope was issued was in 1333 rebuking Pope John XXII. He retracted his errant ways on his deathbed.
LifeSiteNews' petition can be signed here.