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Filial Appeal Submitted to Pope Francis With Nearly 800K Signatures!


Voice of the Family has the latest on the Filial Appeal to Pope Francis:

A Filial Appeal signed by 790, 190 Catholics, including 201 cardinals, archbishops and bishops, has been submitted today to Pope Francis. The appeal calls on the Holy Father to say “a clarifying word” to dissipate the “widespread confusion arising from the possibility that a breach has been opened within the Church that would accept adultery—by permitting divorced and then civilly remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion—and would virtually accept even homosexual unions when such practices are categorically condemned as being contrary to Divine and natural law”.

The Filial Appeal was launched following the Extraordinary Synod on the Family held in Rome in October 2014. The scandalous synodal documents, and the public dissent of many cardinals and bishops, has caused great confusion about the Church’s teachings on matters relating to human sexuality, marriage and the family. The Filial Appeal therefore requests that Pope Francis resolve the scandal by clearly reaffirming Catholic teaching; this would “prevent the very teaching of Jesus Christ from being watered-down and would dispel the darkness looming over our children’s future should that beacon no longer light their way.”

A spokesman for the appeal, Tommaso Scandroglio, professor of Ethics and Bioethics in the European University of Rome, commented that the Filial Appeal “has had widespread repercussions in the Italian and international press”. He added “the repercussions in the mass media, the number of signatures collected and the number of personalities who have signed indicate that a substantial number of believers are very worried about certain theological tendencies present in the Church today”.

790,190 signatures. 201 cardinals, archbishops, and bishops. This petition got huge support. With only a few days until the Synod opens, it’s worth hoping that Pope Francis will respond sooner rather than later.


10 thoughts on “Filial Appeal Submitted to Pope Francis With Nearly 800K Signatures!”

  1. Many allege Francis is neither a socialist nor a free-market capitalist, but rather a peronista, a man who likes the policies of former Argentine president Juán Perón, and that may indeed be true. If it is, we should all understand the full meaning of that assertion, viz. that he rejects communism and unbridled capitalism, both very bad things. But only the naive will limit the spectrum of the doctrine’s influence to this, solely to economics. There is much more to the peronista tradition, and some of it may be pertinent to the upcoming Synod. Try this, for example, from the article at Wikipedia concerning this peculiarly Argentine phenomenon:

    “Perón and his administration resorted to …. dictatorial rule. Perón showed contempt for any opponents, and regularly characterized them as traitors and…. Perón maintained the institutions of democratic rule, but subverted freedoms through such actions as nationalizing the broadcasting system, … and monopolizing the supply of newspaper print.”

    Is a lingering peronista influence perhaps what we are seeing in the recent decision to ‘close down’ the workings of the Synod? If so, how far will this filial appeal get? I have read in several places that José Bergoglio, far from being the indulgent grandfatherly type the media portray, is in fact a shrewd and tough-minded infighter who knows how to use the prerogatives of his office to get finally what he wants.


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