Saturday, September 30, 2017

Correctio Filialis De Haeresibus Propagatis


A 25-page letter signed by 40 Catholic clergy and lay scholars was delivered to Pope Francis on August 11th. Since no answer was received from the Holy Father, it is being made public today, 24th September, Feast of Our Lady of Ransom and of Our Lady of Walsingham. The letter, which is open to new signatories, now has the names of 62 clergy and lay scholars from 20 countries, who also represent others lacking the necessary freedom of speech. It has a Latin title: ‘Correctio filialis de haeresibus propagatis’ (literally, ‘A filial correction concerning the propagation of heresies’). It states that the pope has, by his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia, and by other, related, words, deeds and omissions, effectively upheld 7 heretical positions about marriage, the moral life, and the reception of the sacraments, and has caused these heretical opinions to spread in the Catholic Church. These 7 heresies are expressed by the signatories in Latin, the official language of the Church.
This letter of correction has 3 main parts. In the first part, the signatories explain why, as believing and practising Catholics, they have the right and duty to issue such a correction to the supreme pontiff. Church law itself requires that competent persons not remain silent when the pastors of the Church are misleading the flock. This involves no conflict with the Catholic dogma of papal infallibility, since the Church teaches that a pope must meet strict criteria before his utterances can be considered infallible. Pope Francis has not met these criteria. He has not declared these heretical positions to be definitive teachings of the Church, or stated that Catholics must believe them with the assent of faith. The Church teaches no pope can claim that God has revealed some new truth to him, which it would be obligatory for Catholics to believe.
The second part of the letter is the essential one, since it contains the ‘Correction’ properly speaking. It lists the passages of Amoris laetitia in which heretical positions are insinuated or encouraged, and then it lists words, deeds, and omissions of Pope Francis which make it clear beyond reasonable doubt that he wishes Catholics to interpret these passages in a way that is, in fact, heretical. In particular, the pope has directly or indirectly countenanced the beliefs that obedience to God’s Law can be impossible or undesirable, and that the Church should sometimes accept adultery as compatible with being a practising Catholic.
The final part, called ‘Elucidation’, discusses two causes of this unique crisis. One cause is ‘Modernism’. Theologically speaking, Modernism is the belief that God has not delivered definite truths to the Church, which she must continue to teach in exactly the same sense until the end of time. Modernists hold that God communicates to mankind only experiences., which human beings can reflect on, so as to make various statements about God, life and religion; but such statements are only provisional, never fixed dogmas. Modernism was condemned by Pope St Pius X at the start of the 20th century, but it revived in the middle of the century. The great and continuing confusion caused in the Catholic Church by Modernism obliges the signatories to describe the true meaning of ‘faith’, ‘heresy’, ‘revelation’, and ‘magisterium’.
A second cause of the crisis is the apparent influence of the ideas of Martin Luther on Pope Francis. The letter shows how Luther, the founder of Protestantism, had ideas on marriage, divorce, forgiveness, and divine law which correspond to those which the pope has promoted by word, deed and omission. It also notes the explicit and unprecedented praise given by Pope Francis to the German heresiarch.
The signatories do not venture to judge the degree of awareness with which Pope Francis has propagated the 7 heresies which they list. But they respectfully insist that he condemn these heresies, which he has directly or indirectly upheld.
The signatories profess their loyalty to the holy Roman Church, assure the pope of their prayers, and ask for his apostolic blessing.

Dr. Gerard J. M. van den Aardweg
European editor, Empirical Journal of Same-Sex Sexual Behavior
Fr Claude Barthe
Diocesan Priest
Philip M. Beattie
BA (Leeds), MBA(Glasgow), MSc (Warwick), Dip.Stats (Dublin) Associate Lecturer, University of Malta (Malta)
Fr Jehan de BellevilleReligious
Dr. Philip Blosser
Professor of Philosophy, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Archdiocese of Detroit
Fr Robert Brucciani
District superior of the SSPX in Great Britain
Prof. Mario Caponnetto
University Professor, Mar de la Plata (Argentina)
Mr Robert F. Cassidy STL
Fr Isio CecchiniParish Priest in Tuscany
Salvatore J. Ciresi, MA
Director of the St. Jerome Biblical Guild, Lecturer at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College
Fr. Linus F Clovis, PhD, JCL, M.Sc., STB, Dip. Ed,
Director of the Secretariat for Family and Life
Fr Paul Cocard Religious
Fr Thomas Crean OP STD
Prof. Matteo D’Amico
Professor of History and Philosophy, Senior High School of Ancona
Dr. Chiara Dolce PhD
Research doctor in Moral Philosophy at the University of Cagliari
Deacon Nick Donnelly MA
Petr Dvorak
Head of Department for the Study of Ancient and Medieval Thought at the Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague; Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Saints Cyril and Methodius Theological Faculty, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
H.E. Mgr Bernard Fellay
Superior General of the SSPX
Christopher Ferrara Esq.
Founding President of the American Catholic Lawyers’ Association
Prof. Michele Gaslini
Professor of Public Law at the University of Udine
Prof. Corrado Gnerre
Professor at the Istituto Superiore di Scienze Religiose of Benevento, Pontifical Theological University of Southern Italy
Dr. Ettore Gotti Tedeschi
Former President of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), Professor of Ethics at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan
Dr. Maria Guarini STB
Pontificia Università Seraphicum, Rome; editor of the website Chiesa e postconcilio
Prof. Robert Hickson PhD
Retired Professor of Literature and of Strategic-Cultural Studies
Fr John Hunwicke
Former Senior Research Fellow, Pusey House, Oxford
Fr Jozef HuttaDiocesan Priest
Prof. Isebaert Lambert
Full Professor at the Catholic University of Louvain, and at the Flemish Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Dr. John Lamont STL DPhil (Oxon.)
Fr Serafino M. Lanzetta STD
Lecturer in Dogmatic Theology, Theological Faculty of Lugano, Switzerland; Priest in charge of St Mary’s, Gosport, in the diocese of Portsmouth
Prof. Massimo de Leonardis
Professor and Director of the Department of Political Sciences at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan
Msgr. Prof. Antonio Livi
Academic of the Holy See
Dean emeritus of the Pontifical Lateran University
Vice-rector of the church of Sant’Andrea del Vignola, Rome
Dr. Carlo Manetti
Professor in Private Universities in Italy
Prof. Pietro De Marco
Former Professor at the University of Florence
Prof. Roberto de Mattei
Former Professor of the History of Christianity, European University of Rome, former Vice President of the National Research Council (CNR)
Fr Cor MennenLecturer in Canon Law at the Major Seminary of the Diocese of ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands). Canon of the cathedral chapter of the diocese of ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Prof. Stéphane Mercier
Lecturer in Philosophy at the Catholic University of Louvain
Don Alfredo Morselli STL
Parish priest of the archdiocese of Bologna
Martin Mosebach
Writer and essayist
Dr. Claude E. Newbury M.B., B.Ch., D.T.M&H., D.O.H., M.F.G.P., D.C.H., D.P.H., D.A., M. Med; Former Director of Human Life International in Africa south of the Sahara; former Member of the Human Services Commission of the Catholic Bishops of South Africa
Prof. Lukas Novak
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Charles University, Prague
Fr Guy Pagès
Diocesan Priest
Prof. Paolo Pasqualucci
Professor of Philosophy (retired), University of Perugia
Prof. Claudio Pierantoni
Professor of Medieval Philosophy in the Philosophy Faculty of the University of Chile; Former Professor of Church History and Patrology at the Faculty of Theology of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Father Anthony Pillari, J.C.L., M.C.L
Prof. Enrico Maria Radaelli
Philosopher, editor of the works of Romano Amerio
Dr. John Rao
Associate Professor of History, St. John’s University, NYC; Chairman, Roman Forum
Dr. Carlo Regazzoni
Licentiate in Philosophy at University of Freiburg
Dr. Giuseppe Reguzzoni
External Researcher at the Catholic University of Milan and former editorial assistant of Communio, International Catholic Review (Italian edition)
Arkadiusz Robaczewski MA (Phil.)
Fr Settimio M. Sancioni STD
Licence in Biblical Science
Prof. Andrea Sandri
Research Associate, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan
Dr. Joseph Shaw
Tutor in Moral philosophy, St Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford
Fr Paolo M. Siano HED
(Historiae Ecclesiasticae Doctor)
Dr. Cristina Siccardi
Historian of the Church
Dr. Anna Silvas
Adjunct research fellow, University of New England, NSW, Australia
Prof. Dr Thomas Stark
Phil.-Theol. Hochschule Benedikt XVI, Heiligenkreuz
Rev. Glen Tattersall
Parish Priest, Parish of Bl. John Henry Newman, archdiocese of Melbourne; Rector, St Aloysius’ Church
Prof. Giovanni Turco
Associate Professor of Philosophy of Public Law at the University of Udine, Member Corrispondent of the Pontificia Accademia San Tommaso d’Aquino
Prof. Piero Vassallo
Former editor of Cardinal Siri’s theological review Renovatio
Prof. Arnaldo Vidigal Xavier da Silveira
Former Professor at the Pontifical University of São Paulo, Brazil
Msgr. José Luiz Villac
Former Rector of the Seminary of Jacarezinho
On 24th September 2017:
Leo Darroch
President, Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce 2007 – 2013
Dr. Mauro Faverzani
Editor of the Magazine “Radici Cristiane” (Italy)
H.E. Mgr Rene Henry Gracida D.D.
Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas
Fr Pio Idowu BA (Phil.)
Fr Luis Eduardo Rodríguez Rodríguez
Parish Priest, Parroquia del Espíritu Santo y N.S. de La Antigua Diocese de Los Teques, Venezuela
Wolfram Schrems MA (Phil.) MA (Theol.)
Catechist for adults, contributor for Catholic and secular websites, works in the pro-life-field, Vienna (Austria)
On 25th September 2017:
Fr Luiz Antonio de Aguiar Portugal
Dr. Antonio Aragoni MA (Religious Science)
Dr. Riccardo Calzavara
Dr. Riccardo Cavalli
Dr. Andrea Martini, MA (Education Science)
Fr Michel Morille France
Fr Andrew Pinsent BA, MA, DPhil, PhB, STB, Phl, PhD
Director of the Ian Ramsey Center for Science and Religion, Oxford
Priest of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton
Fr Cyrille Perret France
Patrick Tomeny, Jr, MD, MPH, DABA
Prof. Leonardo Schwinden
Professor of Philosophy, Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil
Gianpaolo De Vita PhD (Phil.)
University of Salerno
On 26th September 2017:
Dr. Salvatore Giuseppe Alessi BA (Phil.), BA (Theol.)
Economist, Italy
Fr Enrique Eduardo Alsamora Spain
Dr. Winfried Aymans
Professor em. of Canon Law, University of Munich
Fr William Barrocas
Dr. Johannes Bronish PhD (Phil.)
Dr. Richard Belleville PhD
Formerly Chairman of Philosophy Department, Anna Maria College, Paxton (MA)
Fr Alejo Benitez Spain
Fr Felix-Maximilian-Marie Bogoridi-Liven France
Fr Giorgio Bellei Italy
Sister M. Blaise Chukwu Religious
Dr. Nicola Bonora Professor
Fr Nathaniel Brazil
Dr. Isobel Camp PhD
Professor of Philosophy at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum (Rome)
Fr José Miguel Marqués Campo Spain
Prof. Neri Capponi Former Professor of Canon Law at the University of Florence,
Judge of the Tuscany Ecclesiastical Matromonial Court
Dr. Fabiano Caso, Phd (Phil.) Phd (Theol.) BA (Theoretic Phil.)
Psychoanalyst, Italy
Fr Jose Chamakalayil
Dr. Francisco Fernández de la Cigoña Journalist and Writer, Spain
Dr. Richard Dalton BSc, MA, MBA, MPhil
Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Angelo Elli MA (Phil.)
Dr. Manuel Fantoni PhD
Fr Marazsi Ferenc 
Fr Thomas Agustin Gazpocnetti Lic. Phil.
Dr. Rossana Giannelli MA (Phil.)
Fr Alvaro Salvador Gutiérrez Félix Professor of Philosophy, Diocese of Mexicali, Mexico
Dr. Christian Hecht Phd (Phil.), BA (Theol.)
Fr John Houston
Dr. Ignacio María Gallo Ingrao
Professor of Philosophy
Fr Czeslaw Kolasa
Fr Eduardo Guzmán López, STL
Parish Priest, Spain 
Michael Theodor van Laack BA (Theol.)
Dr. Moisés Gomes de Lima Professor
Fr Andrea Mancinella Diocese of Albano
Fr Antonio Mancini Italy
Dr. Jose Marquez Lic. Canon Law
Fr Peter Masik PhD
Professor of Dogmatic Theology, Bratislava
Dr. Martin Mayer PhD (Theol.)
Fr Fabiano MontanaroDefensor Vinculi by the Rota Romana, Rome
Dr. Arroyo Moreno Lic. Phil.
Professor em. at the University Panamerica and University Anahuac, Spain
Dr. Renata Negri Professor, Italy
Prof. Hermes Rodrigues Nery 
Bioethicist, Journalist and Writer, Director of Movimento Legislação e Vida, Brazil
Dr. Lucrecia Rego de Planas 
University Professor, Mathematician, Master in Religious Science and Humanities, Doctor in Interdisciplinary Research
Fr Bernard Pellabeuf France
Fr Eros Pellizzari Italy
Thomas Pfeifer BA (Phil.)
Fr Vidko Podrzaj 
Priest of the Chapel of Our Lady of Good Success
Dr. José Arturo Quarracino 
Philosopher, Spain
Dr. Kevin Regan MD, BA MA (Theol.)
Fr Robert Repenning
Fr Jasson Rodas
Fr Darrell Roman
Fr Giovanni Romani Italy
Fr Humberto Jordán Sánchez Vázquez Diocesan Priest
Dr. Alvear Sanìn Editor, Writer, Columnist
Dr. Mauro Scaringi MA (Phil.)
RE Professor, Italy
Dr. Nikolaus Staubach PhD
Professor at the University of Münster
Rev. Prof. Alberto Strumia MA (Physics), STD
Professor at the Theological Faculty of Emilia-Romagna (Bologna) 
Fr. Tam X. Tran, STL
Pastor, Archdiocese of Washington, USA
Dr. Andreas Trutzel BA (Theol.)
Dr. Beata Vertessy Professor, Hungary 
Fr Marcelo Villegas Spain
Dr. Giorgio Zauli Professor, Writer, Italy
Dr. Hubert Windisch Professor em.
Dr. Paul Winske Professor, Germany
Fr Ernst-Werner Wolff Germany
On 28th September 2017:
John F. Ambs 
Senior Executive Service, US Intelligence Community
Brother André Marie M.I.C.M. BA (Humanities), MA (Theol.)
Prior of Saint Benedict Center in Richmond, New Hampshire.
Prof. Denis Crouan PhD (Theol.)
President of the ‘Association Pro Liturgia’, France
Fr James Duncan SJ
Professor em. of Theology, Maison St. Michel, Brussels
Fr Giorgio Ghio STD
Theological Faculty of Lugano (Switzerland)
Artur Paczyna
Former (2007-2016) President of Silesian Association of the Faithful of the Latin Tradition
Patrick Linbeck BA, STL
Board Member of the Avila Foundation and Texas Right to Life
Dr. Hon. J.D. RasnickSitting judge, Superior court probate court and municipal court judge President Una Voce Georgia
Trey Tagert BA (Phil. University of Dallas) M.T.S. (University of Dallas)
Prof. Giovanni Zenone PhD
President Fede & Cultura (Italy)
Director Gondolin Institute Press (Colorado, USA)
On 29th September 2017:
Fr Daniel Becker BS, MS, M.Div., PhD
Parish Priest, Diocese of Worcester (USA)
Fr Remus Mircea Birtz BA, STL, STD, BA (Christian Architecture)
Church historian, Romania
Prof. Balázs Déri
Professor at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
Fr Mark Gantley, JCL, Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Honolulu (HI, USA)
Dr. Peter Micallef-Eynaud MD (UCathSCJ), MSc (PH Med), BA (Rel. St.), MA (Theol. Melit.)
Prof. Cesar Félix Sanchez Martínez
Professor of Philosophy of Nature, Philosophy of History and History of Philosophy (Modern and Contemporary) at the Archdiocesan Seminary of Saint Jerome, Arequipa-Perú
Prof. Nigel John Morgan
Professor em. of History of Art, University of Cambridge
Fr Alphonsus Maria Krutsinger C.SS.R.
Religious, Preacher of Parish Missions
Dr. Eric E. Puosi PhD
Lecturer in Systematic Theology and History of the Reformation, Viareggio, Italy
Dr. med. Christian Spaemann MA (Phil.)
Specialist in Psychiatry and Psychotherapeutic medicine, Germany
Fr Michael Sauer MA (Theol.)
Diocese of Eichstätt, Germany
On 30th September 2017:
Fr Osvaldo Briones SJS
Parish Priest, Wisconsin (USA)
Fr Carlo Brivio
Diocesan priest, Lombardia (Italy) 
Pablo Esteban Camacho PHB & MSc, BA (Phil.)
Fr Walter Covens
Diocesan priest, Martinica 
David Percival C. Flores
Human Resources Professional
Diocese of Malolos, Philippines 
Dr. med. Francisco Arturo Cuenca Flórez
Bogotá, Colombia
Dr. Lee Fratantuono AB Holy Cross; AM Boston College, PhD Fordham
Professor and Chair of Classics
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, Ohio (USA)
Deacon Franco Gerevini
Diocese of Bergamo (Italy)
Dr. Michael Kakooza PhD (Wales) in Communication & Ideology,
Consultant, Uganda Technology & Management University, Former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Innovation & Development, KIM University, Rwanda
Dr. Robert Lazu PhD (Phil.)
Writer and Lecturer, Romania 
Philip James Maguire
Former Senior Journalist for the Melbourne Catholic Advocate, Sunday Herald Sun newspaper and Australian Broadcasting Commission. Former Senior Adviser to the Victorian State National Party Leader
Neerim East, Victoria (Australia).
Dr.  Paul A. Scott MA, PhD (Dunelm), FRHistS
Associate Professor of French, Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies in French, General Editor of The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies (Brill)
Department of French, Francophone and Italian Studies
School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
University of Kansas (USA)
Fr Denis Tolardo
Parochial Vicar, Veneto (Italy)
Fr Christian Viña BA (Theol.)
Parish Priest, Archidiocese de La Plata, Argentina 
John-Henry Westen MA
Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Elizabeth Yore J.D.
Attorney and International Child Advocate
Former General Counsel at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and General Counsel at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children