BREAKING: PRIESTS, SCHOLARS ASK CHURCH LEADERS TO REQUEST POPE TO WITHDRAW FIDUCIA SUPPLIANS
Today, the Feast of Candlemas, some 90 clergymen, scholars, and authors are publishing a new statement that joins the chorus of those Catholic voices opposed to the papally approved Fiducia Supplicans, a document permitting blessings of homosexual couples and other couples in irregular unions.
The signatories address the bishops and cardinals of the Catholic Church, asking them to forbid such blessings in their respective dioceses and to ask Pope Francis to withdraw the document altogether.
The authors point out that there has been a very strong reaction against this document issued by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and signed by Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández, saying that “a relevant part of the world episcopate has practically rejected it, due to its evident break with Scripture and the Tradition of the Church.”
Even cardinals such as Cardinal Robert Sarah and Cardinal Gerhard Müller have spoken up against this Vatican document.
The filial appeal argues against the document as follows:
Therefore, the concrete sign that is given with such blessing, in front of the whole world, is that “irregular couples,” extramarital and homosexual alike, according to the Catholic Church, would now be acceptable to God, precisely in the type of union that specifically configures them as couples. Nor does it make sense to separate “couple” from “union,” as Cardinal Fernández has tried to do, since a couple is a couple because of the union that gives existence to it.
In light of the gravity of this new Vatican document, the signatories insist that bishops “definitely” are not to “remain silent, “since the scandal that has already occurred is serious and public, and if it is not stopped, it is bound to be more and more amplified.”
Among the signatories are numerous personalities known to LifeSite readers, such as Father Gerald Murray, Father Robert Sirico, Father Glen Tattersall, Deacon Nick Donnelly, Professor Claudio Pierantoni, Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, Professor John Lamont, Professor Roberto de Mattei, Professor Anna Silvas, and Dr. Gerard van den Aardweg.
Among journalists, there can be found Philip Lawler, his wife Leila, and Eric Sammons, as well as LifeSite’s own editor-in-chief, John-Henry Westen.
This filial appeal is being published simultaneously in multiple languages on websites such as Infovatikana.com (Spanish), Katholisches.info (German), Sandro Magister (Italian and French), Crisis Magazine, InfoCatólica, Edward Pentin, and more.
Please see the full text of the Filial Appeal:
To all Cardinals and Bishops of the Catholic Church
Your Eminencies, Your Excellencies:
We, the undersigned Catholic priests, scholars, and authors, write to you on the occasion of the latest document published by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, Fiducia Supplicans, which has caused so much scandal in the Church during this last Christmastime.
As is widely known, a relevant part of the world episcopate has practically rejected it, due to its evident break with Scripture and the Tradition of the Church. Twenty episcopal conferences, dozens of individual prelates, and even cardinals invested with the highest positions, such as Cardinal Müller and Cardinal Sarah, have expressed an unequivocal condemnatory judgment. So have also the UK, USA, and Australian Confraternities of Catholic Clergy. Never in the history of the Catholic Church has a document of the Roman Magisterium experienced such a strong rejection.
Indeed, despite its explicit reaffirmation of the traditional doctrine of the Church on Marriage, it turns out that the pastoral practice that the document allows is in direct opposition to it. So much so, that the document has been very favorably received by those few episcopates and prelates that for decades have been openly advocating a change in the doctrine on sexual morality. It is evident that the practical message that this new declaration transmits is much more in line with the program and ideas of those who want to change the doctrine, than with the doctrine itself that the document claims to keep intact.
The document effectively attempts to introduce a separation between doctrine and liturgy on the one hand, and pastoral practice on the other. But this is impossible: in fact, pastoral care, like all action, always presupposes a theory and, therefore, if pastoral care performs something that does not correspond to the doctrine, what is actually being proposed is a different doctrine.
The blessing of a couple (whether “liturgical” or “pastoral”) is, so to speak, a natural sign. The concrete gesture sayssomething naturally, and therefore has a natural, immediate communicative effect, which cannot be artificially changed by the verbal caveats of the document. A blessing as such, in the universal language of humanity, always implies an approvalof what is being blessed.
Therefore, the concrete sign that is given with such blessing, in front of the whole world, is that “irregular couples,” extramarital and homosexual alike, according to the Catholic Church, would now be acceptable to God, precisely in the type of union that specifically configures them as couples. Nor does it make sense to separate “couple” from “union,” as card. Fernández has tried to do, since a couple is a couple because of the union that gives existence to it.
The fact that other significant and accidental circumstances such as timing, location, or ornaments such as flowers and wedding clothes are excluded from the act does not change the nature of the act, since the central and essential gesture remains. Furthermore, we all know from experience what such “restrictions” are worth and how long they last.
The fact is that a priest is imparting a blessing on two people who present themselves as a couple, in the sexual sense, and precisely a couple defined by its objectively sinful relationship. Therefore—regardless of the intentions and interpretations of the document, or the explanations the priest may try to give—this action will be the visible and tangible sign of a different doctrine, which contradicts traditional doctrine.
Let us remember that the traditional doctrine on the subject must be considered infallible, since it is unequivocally confirmed by Scripture and Tradition, a universal and uninterrupted tradition, ubique et semper. And it must be remembered that this is a doctrine of natural law, which does not allow for any change.
In practice, the faithful will not even be aware of the subtle theoretical justifications introduced by the Declaration, much less those that were added in the recent clarification on the Declaration. The message that is effectively launched, and that the people of God, and the entire world, will inevitably register and are already registering is that: The Catholic Church has finally evolved, and now accepts homosexual unions, and, more generally, extramarital unions.
This situation fully justifies the decided rejection of so many episcopal conferences, so many prelates, so many scholars, and so many ordinary lay people. In this context, it is definitely not justifiable, especially for a cardinal or a bishop, to remain silent, since the scandal that has already occurred is serious and public, and if it is not stopped, it is bound to be more and more amplified. The threat does not become smaller but more serious, since the error comes from the Roman See, and is destined to scandalize all the faithful, and above all the little ones, the simple faithful who have no way of orienting and defending themselves in this confusion: “Whoever offends one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for him if a donkey’s millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea” (Mt 18,6).
The pastors and all those who have some responsibility in the Church have been constituted as sentinels: “If the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the horn, so that the people are not warned, and when the sword comes he kills one of them, he will perish because of him, but I will ask the watchman to account for his blood” (Ez.33,6).
In light of the above we fervently implore you to:
(1) Follow the brave example of so many brother bishops around the world: please forbid immediately the application of this document in your diocese.
(2) Please ask directly the Pope to urgently withdraw this unfortunate document, which is in contradiction with both Scripture and the universal and uninterrupted Tradition of the Church and which clearly produces a serious scandal.
In this difficult moment, a clear word of truth would be the best example of your faithful and courageous dedication to the people of God entrusted to you, a sign of fidelity to the true mission of the Papacy and at the same time the best help for the pope himself, an eloquent “fraternal correction,” which he urgently needs in this last and most critical period of his pontificate and probably of his life. If you act promptly, there is still some hope that he may rescue his pontificate and his own person from a stain that could otherwise weigh on him indelibly, not only in history, but in eternity.
Edmund P. Adamus, MA, Secretary to Commission of Inquiry into Discrimination Against Christians, UK
Wolfgang R. Ahrens, PhD Philosophy, Chile
Sergio González Arrieta, MA in Classics and History, Chile
Gil Bailie, Founder and President of the Cornerstone Forum
Dr Heinz-Lothar and Raphaela Barth, Bonn, Germany
Donna F. Bethell, JD, USA
Judie Brown, President, American Life League, Falmouth, Virginia
Dr Dr Sergio R. Castaño, CONICET, Argentina
Paweł Chmielewski, commentator for Polonia Christiana, Warsaw, Poland
Michelle Cretella, MD, USA
Edgardo J. Cruz Ramos, President, Una Voce Puerto Rico
Dr Tomasz Dekert, religious studies scholar, Rajbrot, Poland
Deacon Julian L. Delgado, MD
Roberto de Mattei, historian, President of Lepanto Foundation, Rome, Italy
Deacon Nick Donnelly, MA, England
Joseph Doyle, Executive Director, Catholic Action League of Massachusetts
Rev. Angelo Luigi Fratus, Montfort Missionary, Zambia
Rev. Stanisław Gibziński, Portsmouth Diocese, England
Corrado Gnerre, professor of theology and founder of Il cammino dei tre sentieri
Maria Guarini, author, Editor of Chiesa e postconcilio
Michael K. Hageböck, headmaster and journalist, Germany
Michael Hichborn, President of the Lepanto Institute, Virginia
Maike Hickson, PhD, Front Royal, VA
Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Dr.rer.pol. Rudolf Hilfer, Stuttgart, Germany
Rev. Joseph Illo, Pastor, Star of the Sea Parish, San Francisco, California
Marek Jurek, former Marshal of the Polish Parlament, Wólka Kozodawska, Poland
Bogusław Kiernicki, President, Saint Benedict Foundation, Dębogóra, Poland
Kacper Kita, publicist, international policy analyst, Poland
Rev. Donald Kloster, Lumen Christi Academy Principal, Pipe Creek, TX
Dr Dr Dr.med. Adorján F. Kovács, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Dr Thaddeus Kozinski, Memoria College
Gabriele Kuby, sociologist and author, Prien am Chiemsee, Germany
Peter A. Kwasniewski, PhD, Lincoln, Nebraska
Dr John R. T. Lamont, D.Phil.
Philip F. Lawler, author, Editor of Catholic World News
Leila M. Lawler, author
Rev. Joseph Levine, Pastor, Holy Family Catholic Church, Burns, Oregon
Pedro L. Llera, director of educational centers, Gobiendes, Spain
Maria Madise, Managing Director, Voice of the Family, UK
Rev. Patrick H. Magee FLHF, Fall River, MA
Dr Regis Martin, professor of theology, Franciscan University Steubenville
Brian M. McCall, Orpha and Maurice Merrill Chair in Law, University of Oklahoma
Deacon Eugene McGuirk, Front Royal, Virginia
Dr Justyna Melonowska, psychologist and philosopher, Warszawa, Poland
Rev. Cor Mennen, emeritus lecturer in Canon Law, Seminary of ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Dr Paweł Milcarek, Editor of Christianitas, Brwinów, Poland
Sebastian Morello, PhD, Senior Editor of The European Conservative
Rev. Alfredo Morselli, Italy
Rev. Gerald E. Murray, JCD, Pastor, Church of the Holy Family, New York, NY
Dina Nerozzi, MD, child psychiatrist and endocrinologist, former professor at the University of Rome
Doyen Nguyen, MD, STD, moral theologian, bioethicist, USA/Portugal
Rev. Daniel R. Nolan, FSSP, Littleton, CO
Deacon Dr Bart Overman, Den Bosch, The Netherlands
Michael Pakaluk, PhD, professor of ethics and social philosophy, Washington, DC
Gottfried Paschke, theologian, retired professor of mathematics, Bad Homburg, Germany
Paolo Pasqualucci, retired Professor of Philososophy, Faculty of Law, Perugia, Italy
Rod Pead, Editor, Christian Order, UK
Dr Claudio Pierantoni, PhD History of Christianism, PhD Philosophy, Chile
Rev. John A. Perricone, PhD, adjunct professor of philosophy, Iona College in New Rochelle, New York
Prof. Thomas Pink, emeritus professor of philosophy, King’s College, London
Rev. Andrew Pinsent, MA, Dphil, PhB, STB, PhL, PhD, FRSA, University of Oxford, UK
Tomasz Rowiński, historian of ideas, Editor of Christianitas, Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland
Anna Rist, retired professor of classics, Toronto, Canada
John Rist, PhD, retired professor of classics and early Chrisitian philosophy and theology
Luis Román, theologian and Catholic commentator, Florida
Jesse Romero, Catholic apologist, evangelist, author, Queen Creek, Arizona.
Eric Sammons, Editor, Crisis Magazine
Dr César Félix Sánchez Martínez, professor of philosophy, Universidad Nacional de San Agustín, Perú
Dr Tommaso Scandroglio, author, Italy
Wolfram Schrems, Mag. theol., Mag. phil., catechist, pro-life activist, Vienna, Austria
Dr Anna Silvas, specialist in Greek Fathers, retired adjunct, UNE, Australia
Rev. Robert Sirico, President, St. John Henry Newman Institute, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Dr Michael Sirilla, Professor of Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio
John Smeaton, Co-founder of Voice of the Family, UK
Rev. Tam X. Tran, S.T.L., Pastor of Our Lady of Vietnam Catholic Church, Silver Spring, Maryland
Rev. Glen Tattersall, Pastor of St. John Newman Parish, Melbourne, Australia
Inge M. Thürkauf, actress, journalist, pro-family public speaker, Germany
José Antonio Ureta, author, Paris, France
Aldo Maria Valli, writer, Rome, Italy
Dr Gerard van den Aardweg, author, psychologist and psychotherapist, The Netherlands
Christine de Marcellus Vollmer, president of PROVIVE, ALAFA, Former Member of PAL, Venezuela.
Mathias von Gersdorff, author and pro-life activist, Frankfurt, Germany
Prof. Dr Berthold Wald, retired professor of philosophy, Münster, Germany
Dr Thomas Ward, President, John Paul II Academy of Human Life and the Family
Leonard P. Wessell, Dr.Phil., PhD, emeritus professor, German Studies, University of Colorado
John-Henry Westen, Co-founder and Editor-in-chief, LifeSiteNews
Elizabeth D. Wickham, PhD, Executive Director, Lifetree.org, Raleigh, North Carolina
Dr Timothy Williams, professor of French, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio
Chilton Williamson, writer, former editor at National Review and Chronicles, Laramie, Wyoming
Dr Hubert Windisch, priest, retired professor of pastoral theology, Burglengenfeld, Germany
Deacon Timothy Woods, Huntington, Indiana
Elizabeth F. Yore, Esq., Founder of Yore Children, Chicago, Illinois ATTENTION: Pastors, clergy, scholars, professors, doctors, and other qualified individuals may submit their signatures to this list in the next two weeks. Please provide your name, qualifications, position, and location by February 15th, to email@example.com. A definitive list of cumulative signatories will then be published on February 17th.