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Catholic Leaders Make Video Appeal to Pope Francis for Clarity


It’s an impressive lineup. From Bishop Athanasius Schneider and Fr. Linus Clovis to various heads of right-to-life organizations and other marriage and family apostolates around the world, 16 life and family leaders have joined in a video appeal to Pope Francis to make right the wrongs perpetrated by Amoris Laetitia. A teaser of the video can be seen here:

The video was produced by LifeSiteNews, which provides more details:

In a spirit of love, humility, and faithfulness, 16 international life and family advocates are asking Pope Francis in a powerful new video to unambiguously speak the truth of the Catholic faith, to end doctrinal confusion, to restore clarity, and to be the Holy Father that Catholics need.

“We are living in a very special time of a deep crisis of faith inside the Church,” said Bishop Athanasius Schneider, the Auxiliary in the diocese of Maria Santissima in Kazakhstan, who opens the video, produced by LifeSiteNews.

“It is not a secret. It is very evident. A lot of people, the simple faithful, are suffering because of the situation of confusion,” he added.

The 30-minute film, titled Plea to the Pope, comes in the wake of confusion caused by the pope’s April release of his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, in which he made a number of concerning statements about marriage, divorce, sin, reception of Holy Communion, and sex education for children. The Exhortation has generated numerous contradictory interpretations from various theologians as well as cardinals and bishops.

Bishop Schneider called it “very urgent” that the pope “states more clearly, in a very unambiguous manner — in such a manner which will not leave any space for misinterpretations — [on] the issues of family and the sacredness of marriage.”

The film contains an impressive lineup of international life and family advocates who decided that the time had come to voice their concerns for the good of the Church, of souls, and of nations.

Some of those featured in the video are:

• John Smeaton – President, Society for the Protection of Unborn Children Co-founder, Voice of the Family

• Colleen Bayer – Papal Dame in the Order of St. Gregory the Great President, Family Life International New Zealand

• John-Henry Westen – Editor-in-chief, LifeSiteNews, Co-founder, Voice of the Family

• Prof. Thomas Stark – Benedict XVI Academy of Philosophy and Theology University of St. Polten, Austria

• Christine Vollmer – Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life, Founding member, Founder, Latin American Alliance for Life

• Preston Noell – Director, American Society for Tradition, Family, and Property

• Molly Smith – President, Cleveland Right to Life

• Prof. Roberto de Mattei – Professor, European University of Rome Founder, Lepanto Foundation

• Dr. Thomas Ward – Founder & President, National Association of Catholic Families, Corresponding Member, Pontifical Academy for Life

The full, 30-minute video is available here:

The list of those standing in opposition to the errors in the exhortation is growing – and that’s a very good thing.

55 thoughts on “Catholic Leaders Make Video Appeal to Pope Francis for Clarity”

  1. This is good, very good! The faithful need to “see” those who are standing up for the Faith. In this day in age I think a video is probably one of the best ways to fight fire with fire, i.e., we have watched the videos put out by the Pope, monthly and the videos of him speaking on planes…yes, this is such a good way for these souls to reach the Pope and all other souls because so many won’t take the time to read their petition and the Vatican can squash it but sometimes, “seeing is believing”.

    • I agree this is good and I thank those who did this. Now, obviously the pope doesn’t care but at least things like this can squelch the media narrative that this pope is the most popular pope ever. And it can give encouragement to faithful Catholics that they are not alone.

      • Yes yes discouragement is a terrible threat looming over the souls of so many faithful Catholics. These voices will make a huge difference to so many in their battle to simply not give up. But you are correct, Francis does not care about the view of these 16 rigid Pharisees in the video whom he would no doubt like to tranquilize and get out of the way.

  2. Thank-you Steve for this video. May Our Dear Lord bless these courageous Catholic Leaders!
    It’s overwhelming that we are in this situation.
    Sacred Heart Of Jesus have mercy on us. Immaculate Heart Of Mary, pray for us sinners.

  3. This was absolutely excellent! Now, if we can just get this into the hands of Francis, and…..if Francis will only respond with truth! These people spoke emphatically and charitably pleading for clarity! But……this will be a challenge, make no mistake.

      • There is another article on Life Site News where a close advisor to John Paul has spoken out on the modernism that has invaded the Church. Not sure how to link to it.:( This Msgr. is also a friend of Benedict’s

  4. More and more now. Church Militant would certainly ban these people, even Bishop Schneider. Francis didn’t listen to one million people, why would he listen to this? The value is not really for Francis, it is for those poor people who are ignorant or afraid to speak up.

    • Church Militant would even ban Christ when they feel he contradicts Pope Francis. They take papolatrie into the extreme. Church Militant is just a caricature of ultramontanits Catholics should not listen to them because they confuse pope worship with authentic catholicism.

      • ” confuse pope worship with authentic catholicism.”

        I think that is the problem. well thought perhaps.

  5. It’s amazing that it’s only been 3 months since that awful document was released. With that in mind, this is actually a very quick response. Praise God!

  6. The only one with whom I do not agree is Christine Vollmer. The Church will NEVER be destroyed. Perhaps she should’ve said something like, “If the Church accepts contraception, many souls will be lost.”

    • Well I think it logically follows that the Church will never accept contraception then.
      Premise 1: If the Church accepts contraception, it will be destroyed.
      Premise 2: Jesus said the Church will not be destroyed.
      Premise 3: Jesus cannot lie or be wrong.
      Conclusion: The Church will not accept contraception.

    • The Church will NEVER be destroyed. However, that does not necessarily mean it will forever be in Rome.

  7. Clarity is charity……not only is clarity a good thing but people have a right to it.

    • If PF is unable or unwilling to give clarity to his Papal Exhortation Amoris Laetitia then he simply does not meet the requirements of the job & is not fit for purpose. He must be heavily leaned on to do the right thing & resign. The requirements for the holder of the Seat of Peter must be:

      1. Belief in the Triune God.
      2. Belief that Jesus is the Son of God & Second Person of the Holy Trinity.
      3. Belief in the Resurrection.
      4. Belief in the Ascension.
      5. Belief in the Descent of the Holy Ghost.
      6. Belief in the Creed.
      7. Belief in Transubstantiation & Liturgy of the Old Rite as most pleasing to God.
      8. Acceptance of the Ten Commandments in toto.
      9. Acceptance of ALL the sacraments given us by Jesus & make them accessible to all.
      10. True reverence to Our Blessed Lady (Mother of the Son of God, Daughter of the Father, & Spouse of the Holy Ghost).

      He should be required by the CDF to make a public oath of adherence to the Truth which the CC has upheld for nigh two thousand years of else be dismissed. He then is free to go to Lund as an individual & join the Lutherans, whether they would want him or not is another question. His St. Gallen Group (Mafia) supporters should quickly follow.

      • As these heart felt and courageous people plead to Pope Francis, as 45 Catholic Scholars have done the same, and as more cardinals and priests speak out, I think there has to be a point in short order, where if there is no response from PF, or if his response simply reaffirms his prior confusing statements; then I agree.

        The faithful laity and religious can no longer accept the unacceptable.
        It goes against every Catholic fiber in our body.
        This is not personal against Pope Francis, it is strictly for God and His Church.

        • He is being boxed into a corner IMO & must make some response. His continuance in Office must depend on that response. AL will have to go as it clearly contradicts the present & long held teaching of the Magisterium.

          • Well….Pope Francis used to be a bouncer in his younger days!

            He is more than capable to handle the situation and offer correction
            It is a matter of his belief.

          • Hi cs – Glad to encounter you once again, I seem to recall posting with you on church militant. It is a matter of Apostasy. It is every man for themselves at this point. Stay faithful to the unchanging teachings of the Church, do not fall for the novelties or those advancing such tripe.

          • Well hello to you fniper. Yes, I certainly do remember posting to you as well. Hope you are well.

            This is a moment in Church History that has been coming for many, many decades. We stand with Christ and for Christ in His Church!
            Yes, the teachings of the Church were given then by our Lord, and are for all time. No man can change that!

            I have cloistered myself a bit these days. We are fortunate to have our TLM parish within 45 minutes, and this is of the greatest aide in holding steadfast to the faith.

            Fortunately, we have such good Catholic thinkers, writers, and I would suspect prophets who are such a consolation as well. i cannot thank them enough!

            We keep the faith! God bless!

          • Hi cs – We truly live in the days where remaining faithful to Jesus Christ is aided by so many voices willing to stand up to those preaching error. Thank You Jesus for feeding us with the Truth in these days where the world, and the children of this evil age, have never been more driven to deceive those whom they may. Have a great weekend, and let the joy of celebrating the Eucharist at the TLM wash over you and renew your spirit for the week that follows. .

          • He is reliant on his own scumbag bouncers to act on his behalf. He is old, physically quite frail & religiously bereft. Someone will probably try to answer for him but as HIS signature is on HIS Papal Exhortation nothing less than HIS explanatory response is acceptable. He cannot pass the buck any longer and his answers must be in step with past teachings not against them as we are not in the mind frame to accept anything else.

            More than ever it is looking like PF & his coterie are hankering after another schism & if they keep on the false ecumenical footpath they’ll most likely be successful.

          • Yes. It is from PF lips that must establish the teachings of our Church. Nothing less. If prelates do not speak out if they permit this continued condition the schism will be on their shoulders. Let us continue to pray for them.

  8. Satan is laughing outloud. “Of course you all disagree with Francis’s teachings! He works for me, Dumbasses! Save your breath; he knows exactly what he’s doing.”

    Like the Gary Larson cartoon of decades ago. Two guys sitting on a bench in Hell. One says to the other: “I hate this place”. [Like: Dude, ya think? It’s hell!]

    These good and holy and orthodox Catholic individuals say to the Pope: “You are sowing confusion, please stop”. And he is in the Vatican laughing to himself: “Of course you don’t agree with me; I’m teaching AGAINST what the Church teaches.”

    My point: there is nothing non-deliberate about any of Francis’s words or actions since the beginning of his pontificate. He is perfectly aware of and happy with the confusion he is patently sowing. I commend all of these brave souls for speaking their mind to the Holy Father. But I am not holding my breath that he will change one iota of what he has said heretofore. My two cents.

    • Thanks Joseph. It is a wise statement like a silver bullet. PF’s no doubt a satanic agent, No compromise, It is a matter of life and death of the RCC. Attack him with all our might front, rear, left, right, in and out until he’s down and out. God, help us to to kick this faked, evil pope out..

    • Interfaith worship at the Washington monument.
      (Notice the TOGETHER logo is the masonic snake eating it’s tail. And no crosses in any of the events videos. This is unholy.)

      Halloween is coming folks! Lutheran’s and other denominations, like Catholics will be celebrating the Holy reformation!

  9. It was bound to happen: Just as abortion was imminently legalized in every country which legalized contraception, apostasy and heresy was imminent once the Church introduced Vatican II.

  10. No one will appreciate this video more than Pope Francis who will consider the criticisms of AL as an affirmation of his intentional design to sow doubt and confusion. And as to the 16 individuals in the video, they will be regarded as evidence of an insignificant protest.

    More prayer and mortification. God will have His way with Pope Francis.

  11. There was a time in which Popes used to say “God Bless you” or gave us “his blessings”. Jorge Mario Bergoglio ends this with “thank you / gracias.

  12. Time to wake up. The Pope is doing exactly what he was hired to do. It is not a matter of inadequate clarity, it is a matter of being unable to accept that this pope is an apostate. Time to choose – the teachings of the Holy Church or the teachings of the unholy father.

      • Hi htb – Maybe those in denial will wake up when Francis celebrates Martin Luther’s Birthday. I am sure it won’t be celebrated in heaven. In hell, well that might just be a day of celebration by the demons. It is hard to come up with another heretic that has led more damned souls into hell. A true inspiration to all Apostates, no doubt.

        • I mean come on. The “Nope” has already proclaimed “There is no Catholic God”. If that didn’t wake up anyone in the recognize and resist camp, celebrating Martin Luther’s revolt, even canonizing him won’t make folks wake up.

          • Hi Alex – “I had the greatest sorrow for the many souls that condemned themselves to Hell, especially those Lutherans. […] I saw souls falling into hell like snowflakes.” -Saint Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church

            “The greater part of men choose to be damned rather than to love Almighty God.” -Saint Alphonsus Maria Liguori, Doctor of the Church

            “So many people are going to die, and almost all of them are going to Hell! So many people falling into hell!” –Blessed Jacinta of Fatima

            “Taking into account the behavior of mankind, only a small part of the human race will be saved.” -Sister Lucia of Fatima

            “She opened Her hands once more, as She had done the two previous months. The rays [of light] appeared to penetrate the earth, and we saw, as it were, a vast sea of fire. Plunged in this fire, we saw the demons and the souls [of the damned]. The latter were like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, having human forms. They were floating about in that conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames which issued from within themselves, together with great clouds of smoke. Now they fell back on every side like sparks in huge fires, without weight or equilibrium, amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fright (it must have been this sight which caused me to cry out, as people say they heard me). The demons were distinguished [from the souls of the damned] by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, black and transparent like burning coals. That vision only lasted for a moment, thanks to our good Heavenly Mother, Who at the first apparition had promised to take us to Heaven. Without that, I think that we would have died of terror and fear.”

  13. I have a great idea. Please bear with me,,, I’m not a catholic theological expert, or legal expert in catholic church law etc. I’m a catholic lay person….. married with children.

    The Vatican, Pope, and our Bishops place alot of emphasis on our marriage today. Especially if you are
    *divorced and have remarried without an annulment.
    *LGBT marriages and much more.

    But what is for we catholics who did not waiver in our marriage meaning ” no divorce “. Steadfast we have been for 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 years etc.

    No emphasis is expressed by the hierchy of the church. We just happened to be a good result, they guess.

    NO, NO, NO, change this please….
    My suggestion is that every catholic marriage that survived over “30” years ,,,, the husband and wife should be officially declared as “Church Saints” with a perpetual plenary indulgence and entrance into Heaven upon death….

    Make this a priority and law. If the church is serious so are we…. let’s do it pope and Bishops. Make people want to be saints ,,, though marriage….

  14. So far as I know, was there a reaction to this appeal in the high Vatican circles?
    I am afraid that it will stay ignored, in a despising silence

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