Conservative Catholics say Pope spread heresy in first since 1333
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Conservative Catholics have said their spiritual leader Pope Francis is spreading heresy, a move that they say hasn’t occurred since 1333.
The group said they gave a “filial correction” from “spiritual sons and daughters” to their Holy Father on August 11, taking issue with his views on topics such as marriage.
Pope Francis, an 80-year-old elected in 2013, has given a fresh perspective on many longstanding Catholic teachings, including promoting tolerance towards gay people, a focus on environmentalism and a critique of capitalism.
Pope Francis was accused of spreading heresy by a group of conservative Catholics.
He has also suggested in his writing. that divorced and remarried Catholics could received Communion, the center of the Catholic mass, under certain conditions.
Multiple of the seven alleged heresies in the “correction,” which the group says takes its inspiration from an admonishment of Pope John XXII in 1333, center on the remarriage comments.
No major Catholic figures such as current bishops are among the 62 signatories on the letter, which includes priests and some non-clergy such as the American Catholic Lawyers Association founder Christopher Ferrara.
The conservative letter notes that the last “correction” to a pope was given to Pope John XXII in 1333.
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Bernard Fellay, an ultra-conservative Swiss priest who broke away from the Catholic Church in the 1980s and still practices services in Latin, is also among those who support the move.
Different conferences of bishops have disagreed in their interpretation of the Pope’s Amoris Laetitia, which included the possibility of remarried Catholics being part of the communion with the Church as part of a larger discussion about family life.
Four cardinals, a group of the most prominent bishops who vote for pope, asked for clarification on the document last year.
The “correction” letter, which does not formally accuse Francis of heresy but says that he is spreading it, notes that the Pope was not speaking infallibly in his family teachings, something the papacy last did in 1950.