Wednesday 21 August 2019

Letter by Catholic intellectuals calls on bishops to declare Pope a heretic

 

Pope Francis is accused of ‘causing harm’ to the Church. Photo: Reuters/Remo Casilli/File Photo
Pope Francis is accused of ‘causing harm’ to the Church. Photo: Reuters/Remo Casilli/File Photo

Philip Pullella

A group of Roman Catholic priests, academics and intellectuals have issued an open letter to bishops asking them to declare Pope Francis a heretic, in the latest broadside by ultra-conservatives against the pontiff.

"We take this measure as a last resort to respond 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," the 20-page letter reads.

The most prominent of the 19 signatories of the scathing letter is Fr Aidan Nichols, a 70-year-old British priest of the Dominican order who has written many books and is one of the best known theologians in the English-speaking world.

Irish Independent

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