Conservatives charge Pope with spreading heresy

Sixty-two conservative Catholic scholars and clergy have signed onto a letter that accuses Pope Francis with spreading heresy.

The letter does not accuse the Pope himself of being a heretic, but of supporting “heretical positions” on “marriage, the moral life and the Eucharist.”

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The letter charges Francis with promoting seven heresies, most notably through his openness to allowing some divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion.

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At the center of the complaints is the Pope’s 2016 document “Amoris Laetitia,” which explored how to apply centuries-old Catholic doctrine to the complexities of modern life.

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Conservatives contest that the Pope is tinkering with what is written in the Bible and has been affirmed throughout centuries in the Catholic Church on marriage.

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Francis’ supporters say the Pope is not changing doctrine, but updating the practice of how the Catholic Church can meet the realities of today's families.

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Pope Francis has broad support in the US. Seven in 10 adults view him favorably.

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