Overplaying the Heretical Hand

Posted May 4, 2019 6:31 pm by John Paul Meenan, Editor

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

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