Dr. John Lamont: Pope Francis as Public Heretic – The Evidence Leaves No Doubt

Pope Francis has recently published answers to two sets of dubia submitted to him by members of the College of Cardinals: one set submitted by Cardinals Brandmüller, Burke, Sandoval, Sarah, and Zen on July 10, 2023, and the other set submitted by Cardinal Dominik Duka on July 13, 2023. Pope Francis responded to the dubia of the five cardinals on July 11 and made this reponse public on October 2. On September 25, 2023, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith responded to dubia proposed by Cardinal Dominik Duka; the response was endorsed by the Pope. On November 1, 2023, Pope Francis issued, motu proprio, the apostolic letter Ad Theologiam Promovendam to accompany revised statutes for the Pontifical Academy of Theology. His answers to these dubia and his apostolic letter openly and unmistakably contradict the Catholic faith (see Annexe II for the texts in question).
Concerns have already been expressed about contradictions between the statements of Pope Francis and the Catholic faith.[1] A number of Catholic scholars made their concerns about the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia known to the College of Cardinals and the Patriarchs of the Catholic Church, in a document that listed the propositions advanced by Pope Francis that appeared to be contrary to Catholic teaching, and that assigned theological censures to these propositions.[2] A group of Catholic scholars addressed a filial correction to Pope Francis on account of his propagation of heresies by the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia and by other words, deeds, and omissions.[3] The filial correction met with no response from Pope Francis, and he did not clarify or withdraw any of the words or actions which it identified as heretical. In consequence, a number of Catholic scholars issued an open letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church, stating that Pope Francis had committed the canonical delict of heresy.[4] A further appeal to the Cardinals of the Catholic Church denounced Pope Francis’s statements on the death penalty as contrary to the teachings of the Scriptures and to the magisterium of the Church.[5]
Pope Francis’s answers to the dubia of the cardinals surpass his earlier statements in the clarity of their rejection of the Catholic faith. In consequence, they place his tenure of the papal office in doubt.
The following statement contains four parts: I. Heresies Asserted by Pope Francis; II. Heresy as a Personal Sin and as a Public Crime; III. Pope Francis’s Pertinacity in Maintaining Heresy; IV. Consequences of Pope Francis’s Heresy. (For those who prefer to download and print this statement, a PDF may be found here.)

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Dr. John R. T. Lamont is a Canadian Catholic philosopher and theologian. He studied philosophy and theology at the Dominican College in Ottawa and at Oxford University, and has taught philosophy and theology in Catholic universties and seminaries. He is the author of Divine Faith (Ashgate, 2004), and of a number of academic papers; his academic website is at https://acu-au.academia.edu/JohnLamont.

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