The Catholic Pontiff Pope Francis is been accused of heresy over his relations with Catholics who got remarried.
Over 60 theologians, priests, and academics have called out the Pontiff in relation to his opening to divorced and remarried Catholics.
In a 25-page long letter signed by sixty-two signatories, which was delivered to the Pope last month, the signatories issued a brotherly correction otherwise known as a ‘filial correction’ to the pope.This form of correction has not been used since the 14th century when it was issued to Pope John XXII in 1333 for mistakes which he later corrected.
The letter accuses Pope Francis of propagating seven heretical stands involving marriage, moral life and the sacraments with his ‘The Joy of Love’ and ‘acts, words and omissions’ documents in 2016.
Four tradition-minded cardinals had also written to Pope Francis last year asking for clarity on a number of questions they had about his 2016 document.
The Pope has not responded to either of the measures.
After the release of ‘The Joy of Love’ in April 2016 it sparked controversy as it allowed the civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion., as against church teachings which say that unless such Catholics obtain an annulment, that is, a decree by the church that their first marriage was invalid, they are not allowed to receive the sacraments, since they are perceived as committing adultery.
Pope Francis did not however openly declare that these Catholics could receive the sacraments but suggested in unclear terms that bishops and priests could do so on a case-by-case analysis after accompanying the members on a spiritual journey of discernment.
His subsequent comments and writings have made it clear that was his intentions as he believes that God’s mercy extends particularly to sinners and that the Eucharist was not a prize for the perfect man but for the nourishment of the weak.