Sunday, May 21, 2017

Is Pope Francis a Heretic like Pope Honorius who was Condemned by a General Council and by Pope St. Agatho and Pope St. Leo II?

The Catholic Encyclopedia said of Honorius that he "was not a profound theologian, and allowed himself to be confused and mislead." (edwardfeser.blogspot, December 18, 2016, "Denial flows into the Tiber")

Theologian Tracey Rowland wrote that Pope Francis before the papacy said "I can't imagine anything more boring" than Fundamental Theology. She quoted Ross Douthat saying:

"Francis is clearly a less systematic thinker than...his predecessors" to the papacy. (Catholic Theology, page 192)

In other words, the present Pope is not a profound theologian and can allow himself to be confused and mislead like the earlier Pope.

Pope Honorius wrote a ambiguous document to please the Monothelitist heretics, but not clearly contradicting Catholic teaching.

He then allowed the heresy to spread and confuse the faithful.

The heretics taught Jesus had only a Divine will.

The Church teaching is that Jesus has both a human will and a Divine will.

Francis wrote a ambiguous document, Amoris Laetitia, to please those promoting the Kasperite error, but not clearly contradicting Catholic teaching.

He then allowed the error to spread and confuse the faithful.

The Kasperites teach that those in adulterous sexually active second "marriages" could continue to commit objective mortal sin and receive Holy Communion without reforming their sinful habits.

The Kasperites argue there might not be a objective mortal sin because subjectively one might not know it is a sin so they may receive Communion.

The Church counters the Kasperite subjective argument by teaching that those committing any objective mortal sins such as adultery or homosexual sexual acts who are subjectively unaware of the gravity of the sins must have their conscience formed.

The sinner is informed of the Catholic moral teachings that adultery or any homosexual sexual acts are gravely sinful.

After their conscience is formed then the person must confess the sins and make a firm resolution not to commit the sins before receiving Communion.

An example, of how absurd is the Kasper proposal is murder.

By their argument, the murderer could continue murdering and receive Communion so long as he didn't objectively know murder was a mortal sin.

Theologian Rowland shows how profoundly erroneous is Francis's promotion of the Kasper proposal:

"Kasper's arguments based on alleged Patristic-era antecedents were heavily criticised by eminent Patristic scholars, and... the idea was strongly opposed by both of his papal predecessors." (Catholic Theology, page 196)

Will Francis's support of the Kasper error lead him into becoming another Honorius and to be condemned as a heretic?

The great Catholic theologian Abbott John Chapman in the Dublin Review of 1906 said:

"Unquestionably no Catholic has the right to deny that Honorius was a heretic... a heretic in word, if not in intention... It would no doubt be uncharitable to regard the Pope as a "private heretic"; but his letters, treated as definitions of faith, are obviously and beyond doubt heretical, for in a definition it is the words that matter." (edwardfeser.blogspot, December 18, 2017, "Denial flows into the Tiber")

Even more important, Pope Honorius was condemned a general council and Pope St. Agatho and Pope St. Leo II. Leo said:

"We anathematize the inventors of the new error... and also Honorius, who did not attempt to sanctify this Apostolic Church with the teaching of Apostolic tradition, but by profane treachery permitted it's purity to be polluted." (edwardfeser.blogspot, December 18, 2017, "Denial flows from the Tiber")

Will Pope Francis be condemned by a future general council and pope?

The Catholic philosopher Edward Feser put it best:

"As Ed Peters argues, one ought to be very cautious about accusing Pope Francis (or any other Pope) of heresy. But one need not think the Pope guilty of heresy to see that there are striking parallels between the current controversy over Amoris Laetitia and the historical events summarized above."

"Pope Honorius and Pope John XXII faced criticism and resistance as a result of statements perceived to be doctrinally problematic - in Honorius's case from bishops of his day (at the sixth general council)..."

"As Honorius could tell you, sometimes it is what the next Pope does that matters most." (edwardfeser.blogspot, December 18, 2017, "Denial flows into the Tiber")

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