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Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia does not teach the heresy that God's commandments are impossible

Hundreds of traditionalist-aligned priests and scholars, including the once-excommunicated head of the schismatic SSPX, have signed a "Filial Correction" accusing Pope Francis of teaching heresy in the eighth chapter of his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia("The Joy of Love," AL). While other authors have taken up the task of defending the pope in various ways, such as Stephen WalfordJacob WoodRocco Buttiglione, and Robert Fastiggi & Dawn Eden Goldstein, I want to do a deep dive into the theology behind the first alleged heresy. (Future posts will cover the rest.) I won't address the issue of whether or not it's acceptable to accuse the pope of heresy, but only note that canon law ("The First See is judged by no one," can. 1404) puts a high burden of proof on those claiming to do so. I'd also direct you to Fr. Thomas Reese's article on the subject of dissent in light of this controversy.

The first alleged heresy is: A justified …

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