Overplaying the Heretical Hand
Is Pope Francis a heretic? So claims the recent letter, signed by various theological luminaries of various stripes, including, to my surprise, the Dominican priest, Father Aidan Nichols, whose sharp mind, I would have thought, might have seen through the limitations of this radical claim.
The thing about heresy, as a canonical crime, is that the false principle must be public, manifest, clear and held with some degree of determination. Here is the definition from the current Code of Canon Law (#751):
Heresy is the obstinate denial or obstinate doubt after the reception of baptism of some truth which is to be