Catholic academics and pastors appeal to the College of Cardinals over Amoris Laetitia

From Rorate Caeli:

Press Release

7/9/16

A group of Catholic academics and pastors has submitted an appeal to Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals in Rome, requesting that the Cardinals and Eastern Catholic Patriarchs petition His Holiness, Pope Francis, to repudiate a list of erroneous propositions that can be drawn from a natural reading of the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia. During the coming weeks this submission will be sent in various languages to every one of the Cardinals and Patriarchs, of whom there are 218 living at present.

Describing the exhortation as containing “a number of statements that can be understood in a sense that is contrary to Catholic faith and morals,” the signatories submitted, along with their appeal, a documented list of applicable theological censures specifying “the nature and degree of the errors that could be attributed to Amoris laetitia.”

Among the 45 signatories are Catholic prelates, scholars, professors, authors, and clergy from various pontifical universities, seminaries, colleges, theological institutes, religious orders, and dioceses around the world. They have asked the College of Cardinals, in their capacity as the Pope’s official advisers, to approach the Holy Father with a request that he repudiate “the errors listed in the document in a definitive and final manner, and to authoritatively state that Amoris laetitia does not require any of them to be believed or considered as possibly true.”

“We are not accusing the pope of heresy,” said a spokesman for the authors, “but we consider that numerous propositions in Amoris laetitia can be construed as heretical upon a natural reading of the text. Additional statements would fall under other established theological censures, such as scandalous, erroneous in faith, and ambiguous, among others.”

The 1983 Code of Canon Law states that “According to the knowledge, competence, and expertise which they possess, they [the Christian faithful] have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful” (CIC, can. 212 §3).

The thirteen-page document quotes nineteen passages in the exhortation which seem to conflict with Catholic doctrines. These doctrines include the real possibility with the grace of God of obeying all the commandments, the fact that certain kinds of act are wrong in all circumstances, the headship of the husband, the superiority of consecrated virginity over the married life, and the legitimacy of capital punishment under certain circumstances.  The document also argues that the exhortation undermines the Church’s teaching that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics who have made no commitment to continence cannot be admitted to the sacraments while they remain in that state.

The spokesman said, “It is our hope that by seeking from our Holy Father a definitive repudiation of these errors we can help to allay the confusion already brought about by Amoris laetitia among pastors and the lay faithful.  For that confusion can be dispelled effectively only by an unambiguous affirmation of authentic Catholic teaching by the Successor of Peter.”

Dr Joseph Shaw, an Oxford academic and a signatory to the appeal, is acting as spokesman for this group of Catholic scholars and pastors. The group has set up the email address appealtocardinals@gmail.com to answer press enquiries about the appeal.

Dr Shaw’s personal details can at the following link.

capacity.http://casuistrycentral.blogspot.co.uk/p/about-me.html

His role as signatory and spokesman for the group is as a private person, concerned Catholic, and philosopher, and should not be construed as representative of the institutions for which he serves in an official capacity.

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3 Responses to Catholic academics and pastors appeal to the College of Cardinals over Amoris Laetitia

  1. Cardinals should petition the pope to repudiate a list of erroneous propositions in Amoris laetitia?

    Dream on, children. It will never happen. The Cardinals have seen the way those who disagree with this pope, prelates like Cardinal Burke and Bishop Schneider, are driven into virtual exile.

    These courageous men, our Cardinals, want no part of anything like that.

  2. Robert says:

    Its simple not complicated.
    Matthew 10
    38 And he that taketh not up his cross, and followeth me, is not worthy of me.

    Henry VIII title bestowed on him was Defender Of The Faith. In the End in the time of Trial for the Faith there were only two who stood out St John Fisher and St Thomas More. They took up Their Crosses, the rest were not worthy.
    Of the Sanhedrin? Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimithea.
    Time to take up our Crosses

  3. toadspittle says:

    “We are not accusing the pope of heresy,” said a spokesman for the authors, “but we consider that numerous propositions in Amoris laetitia can be construed as heretical upon a natural reading of the text.”
    That is to say, “We are not accusing the pope of heresy…Only of enumerating heretical propositions.” Which is clearly a very different thing.
    …Welcome to Catholic Wonderland, folks.
    “And he that taketh not up his cross, and followeth me, is not worthy of me.”
    Well, there goes Pope Benedict. (Not to mention Toad, of course. Who does taketh up their cross? REDACTED

    [Two sentences deleted by a moderator. Lambasting faithful bishops will not be permitted here – take note.]

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