Correctio filialis de haeresibus propagatis

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Correctio filialis de haeresibus propagatis (Latin: "Filial correction concerning propagated heresies") is an August 11, 2017 petition initially by 62 critics of Pope Francis, who argued that the pope propagated heresies, with regard to seven theological issues the authors identified in Amoris laetitia, an apostolic exhortation by Pope Francis dated March 29, 2016 and in other related statements. The authors released the twenty-five page document to the public on September 24, 2017, stating they had received no response from the Holy See.[1][2]


The seven alleged corrections of doctrines and practices concerned:[3]

  1. Assertion that God’s grace is not invariably sufficient for the justified person's ability to remain free from all serious sin
  2. Possibility of individuals' civil divorce and remarriage to another, and subsequently living as if married, but not placing themselves in a state of mortal sin as a result
  3. Ability to possess full knowledge of a divine law, yet voluntarily break it in a serious matter without placing oneself in a state of mortal sin as a result
  4. Ability to sin against God by keeping a divine prohibition
  5. Possibility of morally sanctioned sexual acts within a civil marriage, when one or both parties are within a sacramental marriage to another
  6. Assertion that revealed divine law or natural law principles do not absolutely prohibit some behaviors as objectively grave and unlawful
  7. Providing eucharist to individuals divorced and remarried to another; providing absolution to individuals divorced and remarried absent their contrition

Selected signers[edit]

Those signing the document included:[4]

  • Fr Andrew Pinsent BA, MA, DPhil, PhB, STB, Phl, PhD
  • H.E. Mgr Rene Henry Gracida D.D. - Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas
  • John-Henry Westen MA
  • Fr John Houston
  • Dr. Richard Dalton BSc, MA, MBA, MPhil
  • Fr Antonio Mancini Italy
  • Dr. Jose Marquez Lic. Canon Law
  • Dr. Martin Mayer PhD (Theol.)
  • Dr. Gerard J. M. van den Aardweg - European editor, Empirical Journal of Same-Sex Sexual Behavior
  • Fr Thomas Crean OP STD
  • Deacon Nick Donnelly MA
  • H.E. Mgr Bernard Fellay - Superior General of the SSPX
  • Christopher Ferrara Esq. - Founding President of the American Catholic Lawyers’ Association
  • Dr. Ettore Gotti Tedeschi - Former President of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), Professor of Ethics at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan
  • Dr. John Lamont STL DPhil (Oxon.)
  • Martin Mosebach - Writer and essayist
  • Dr. Lukas Novak - Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Charles University, Prague
  • Fr Guy Pagès - Diocesan Priest
  • Dr. Kevin Regan MD, BA MA (Theol.)
  • Dr. John Rao - Associate Professor of History, St. John’s University, NYC; Chairman, Roman Forum
  • Fr Michael Sauer MA (Theol.) - Diocese of Eichstätt, Germany
  • Brother André Marie M.I.C.M. BA (Humanities), MA (Theol.) - Prior of Saint Benedict Center in Richmond, New Hampshire.
  • Fr James Duncan SJ - Professor em. of Theology, Maison St. Michel, Brussels
  • Dr. Joseph Shaw - Tutor in Moral philosophy, St Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford


Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, indirectly addressed the controversy, advocating for those who disagree with the Pope to dialog with the church and “find ways to understand one another.”[5]

Mariano Fazio, the vicar general of Opus Dei, said that issuance of such a correction was wrong, and that the signers “scandalize the whole Church.”[6]


  1. ^ "Clergy and Lay Scholars Issue Filial Correction of Pope Francis". National Catholic Register. Retrieved 2017-09-26.
  2. ^ "Correctio Filialis de haeresibus propagatis –". Retrieved 2017-09-26.
  3. ^ "If I Go Wrong, You Will Correct Me. The Seven Heresies of "Amoris Laetitia" - Settimo Cielo - Blog - L'Espresso". 2017-09-24. Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  4. ^ "If I Go Wrong, You Will Correct Me. The Seven Heresies of "Amoris Laetitia" - Settimo Cielo - Blog - L'Espresso". 2017-09-24. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
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  6. ^ "Vicar general of Opus Dei sees 'filial correction' as a scandal : News Headlines". Catholic Culture. Retrieved 2017-10-11.

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