A Catholic journalist is among the signatories of an open letter that states the words and actions of Pope Francis have brought about "one of the worst crises" in the history of the Roman Catholic Church.
Nineteen prominent and respected Catholic clergy and scholars have published an open letter accusing Pope Francis of heresy. The 20-page letter – addressed to Catholic bishops around the world and dated "Easter Week, 2019" – contains seven charges of "canonical delict of heresy" against the pope and gives multiple examples of each.
"We do not accuse him of having committed the delict of heresy on every occasion upon which he has seemed to publicly contradict a truth of the faith," a portion of the letter reads. "We limit ourselves to accusing him of heresy on occasions where he has publicly denied truths of the faith, and then consistently acted in a way that demonstrates that he disbelieves these truths that he has publicly denied."
The overarching thread among the charges is that the pope seems to say some people are unable to follow the laws of God concerning morality. Dr. Brian McCall, editor of Catholic Family News, is among those who signed on to the letter. He says the pope has taken that stance about homosexuals in the past, but the letter went even further.
"It's really no so much [about] homosexuality," he tells OneNewsNow. "It is really the fundamental Catholic moral principle that sexual relations are limited in their moral freedom solely to a validly married husband and wife."
McCall contends the pope has contradicted Catholic doctrine about divorce as well.
The Catholic journalist argues that everyone, even those are confused sexually, have the ability to obey God. "Essentially that God's law, which is reflected both in divine and natural law [and] that regulates human behavior – so, moral law – first of all is knowable and we are able to comply with it," he explains.
Several Catholic scholars have linked the priest abuse scandal to a flourishing "gay" subculture in Catholic seminaries and the Vatican itself. The letter cites several instances of the pope shielding alleged abusive clergy.
"[And] as these doctrines became weakened [and] undermined, then behavior – including behavior in the seminaries – conformed to the new belief," McCall concludes.
The letter came after several unsuccessful attempts to get the pope to clarify several heretical comments. In fact, the letter describes itself as "a last resort" in response to "the accumulating harm caused by Pope Francis's words and actions over several years, which have given rise to one of the worst crises in the history of the Catholic Church."