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Petition to Pope Francis (Vicar of Christ)

Support by the Catholic Laity for the Filial Correction of Pope Francis

On September 23, 2017, an international group of Catholic clergy and lay scholars issued a public correction of Pope Francis: “Most Holy Father,” the letter begins, “With profound grief, but moved by fidelity to our Lord Jesus Christ, by love for the Church and for the papacy, and by filial devotion toward yourself, we are compelled to address a correction to Your Holiness on account of the propagation of heresies effected by the apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia and by other words, deeds and omissions of Your Holiness.” The full title of the document is Correctio filialis de haeresibus propagatis, which is translated as “A filial correction concerning the propagation of heresies.” It states, according to the authors, “that the pope has, by his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia, and by other, related, words, deeds and omissions, effectively upheld 7 heretical positions about marriage, the moral life, and the reception of the sacraments, and has caused these heretical opinions to spread in the Catholic Church.” To read more about this document, go here.  Because it appears that the authors of the document intended to include only the signatures of credentialed theologians, pastors, and scholars who could add the weight of their academic expertise to the cause, we have created this petition to be signed by any and every member of the laity, no matter their station in life, in support of their effort. We, too, believe that we must "protect our fellow Catholics – and those outside the Church, from whom the key of knowledge must not be taken away (cf. Lk. 11:52) – hoping to prevent the further spread of doctrines which tend of themselves to the profaning of all the sacraments and the subversion of the Law of God."This is an informal petition of support of this effort, but every voice counts. Every signature matters. We hope you will join us in lending our own voices to this noble and worthy effort to defend Our Lord Jesus Christ, His divinely revealed truths, and the teachings of our Holy Mother Church. 

Steve Skojec
5,904 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to His Eminence, Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer

Pope Francis: Give Ahiara Diocese Justice - a "Pastor close to the people"

In 1987, Ahiara diocese, a rural enclave was created. An indigenous bishop was consecrated. Together with thousands of poor subsistence farmers, petty traders, teachers, etc., and a handful of priests, Late Bishop Victor Chikwe built a vibrant church in Mbaise. Over 20 years later, the Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA) would adjudge the diocese as the most efficient and most organized diocese in Nigeria. It was also adjudged the most organized and performs the best liturgical ceremonies in Owerri Province. Vocations grew exponentially - 700 indigenous priests, 1000 indigenous religious (50% has at least one doctorate while 25% has at least two doctorate degrees). The church also grew - 73 Parishes, 600,000 Catholics at home, 400,000 Catholics abroad. Ahiara diocese created an internship program that hosted representatives of other dioceses in Nigeria to understudy the efficiency and organization that set the Diocese apart. Our resilient Presbyterium understands the "parts", "mechanism", "coupling procedures" and general mechanics of the engine of Ahiara diocese. Our priests diligently thought others and partook in running, maintaining and troubleshooting this machine. The laity follows this Presbyterium because the sheep know the voice of a Shepherd and follow the Shepherd (Parable of the Good Shepherd: John 10:4). But 7 years ago, death robbed us of Bishop V A Chikwe. It threw us all into mourning. The seat of the Bishop is open. We waited on the Lord for another "pastor close to us" to "enter by the door into the fold of the sheep"... for "he who enters by the door is a Shepherd of the sheep." We trusted Mother Church - because the Holy Catholic Church is a Church of Laws. A few years later, someone "climbs up some other way" and the sheep "flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers."(John 10: 5) The Catholic Encyclopedia insists that the Canon law "is the body of laws and regulations made by or adopted by ecclesiastical authority, for the government of the Christian organization and its members. . . and has for its object the well-being of souls in the society divinely established by Jesus Christ". On this matter, the canon law insists that "at least every three years, the Bishops of an ecclesiastical province or, if circumstances suggest it, of an Episcopal Conference, are to draw up, by common accord and in secret, a list of priests, even of members of institutes of consecrated life, who are suitable for the episcopate; they are to send this list to the Apostolic See. This is without prejudice to the right of every Bishop individually to make known to the Apostolic See the names of priests whom he thinks are worthy and suitable for the episcopal office". (Can. 377: §2). The words "WORTHY" and "SUITABLE" stand out. Unfortunately, they are lacking in the selection of Bishop Peter Okpalaeke for Ahiara diocese. Over a period of 22 years, Late Bishop Victor Chikwe secretly sent 21 names to the Vatican for possible episcopal office should he suddenly die. He thought that those individuals were worthy and suitable. He built the diocese with them and created the most efficient and most organized diocese in Nigeria. What else was lacking on this team? Why throw in a log in the wheels of this progress? By dropping the list transmitted by Late Bishop Chikwe, and picking Fr. Okpalaeke from Awka diocese, "morality, convenience and safety" have been compromised. Awka diocese has insisted on a disturbing pattern of grabbing episcopal positions all over Southeastern Nigeria and beyond - seven bishops already. We know that the Holy Spirit is courageously just! The fallout of this crisis is that in the last 5 years, children have been starved of the sacrament of confirmation, and seminarians have been denied ordinations by our  Apostolic Administrator. We believe that these spiritual tools should never be used as "tools of war" in the Church of the Living God! To insist that no one among the 700 priests in Ahiara Presbyterium is "suitable and worthy" to be bishop amounts to bearing a false witness. It defies logic. It cannot represent justice, equity, and good conscience. We consider it repugnant. As a result, the faith of thousands of people in Ahiara diocese now rests in your hands. Like the Widow and the Unjust Judge, We say: "Give us Justice". We must submit that a  unique and monolithic community of a million Catholics deserve a say in deciding who must receive their collective personal spiritual sovereignty. We urge you, and urgently too, to give us a Shepherd that "comes in by the door"; a Shepherd that knows our voice; a Pastor close to us; and, a pastor from the Presbyterium of Ahiara diocese. The flock of the Highest God will scatter should someone- "a stranger" comes in by the window. The flock will flee and scatter. Let it not be in your own time. God be with you. Amen!  

Ahiara Diocese World-Wide Laity Council
274 supporters
Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to Pope Francis

Drug Policy. Sacred Plants. Polítca de Drogas. Plantas Sagradas.

-------------------------------------[SCROLL DOWN FOR SPANISH TRANSLATION] ------------------------------------- His Holiness, Pope Francis Apostolic Palace00120 Vatican City.Holy Father, Pope Francis. I humbly ask you for your guidance and opinion. During 2015 I had the opportunity to visit multiple cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico, to present our film "Little Saints”. A documentary that touches on the issue of the syncretism that exists today in Mexico, where elements of indigenous culture coexist in a fluid way with elements of Catholicism. For the Mazatec Indigenous people from Oaxaca, Mexico, hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms are a medicine through which God, Jesus, the Virgin Mary, the Saints and the Gods of the Hills and other indigenous deities, have the ability to heal. It is a ritual that is considered sacred and to which it is given and deserves a lot of respect. One of the interviews we conducted, was to a Catholic priest in the area. He mentioned many things, including that the mushroom rituals "are part of a spirituality that can give great richness to the Church and the world." The interview is available here: In every city I visited, to have presentations of the documentary, I met many people who gave me their comments, all varied, but with some consistency, they all mentioned about religion and the ritual together. "I grew up Catholic, I left the religion, and through these rituals I re-met Jesus”, "The introduction of Catholicism to the indigenous cultures is the worst thing that could have happened to the mushroom rituals”, and "religion itself originated from them”. It is through these medicines, that millions of people in different parts of the world, we managed to find ourselves and we have re-discovered our spiritual essence. But the mushroom ritual in Huautla de Jimenez, Oaxaca, is unique because in essence, is Catholic. This ritual is also performed similarly in other parts of Mexico, as it’s the case in the state of Chiapas, a place in which this February 15, 2015 you will celebrate Holy Mass with the indigenous community of that region. I hope, not only as spiritual guide, but also as Head of State of the Vatican, you can express your opinion on the issue of drug policy. Your word is relevant to all those who have been blessed with the grace of these experiences. Maybe it's time to recognize that these customs are a valid way to practice Catholicism?, or at least, a way to connect with the divine?, perhaps I'm getting ahead of myself. Your voice will join and give strength to the voices of thousands of professionals, authors, filmmakers, journalists, artists and researchers from universities, including UCLA, NYU, Imperial College London, Yale and Johns Hopkins, who have recently conducted studies with psilocybin and show positive and very promising results. I have the honor to profess my deepest respect. Thanks Father, at your service, Oliver QuintanillaFilmmaker.   ---------------------------- [SPANISH TRANSLATION]   Santidad, Papa Francisco Palacio Apostólico00120 Ciudad del Vaticano.Santísimo Padre, Papa Francisco. Le pido con humildad nos de su opinion y consejo. Durante el año 2015 tuve la oportunidad de visitar multiples ciudades en los Estados Unidos, Canadá y México, para presentar nuestra película “Little Saints”. Un documental que toca el tema del sincretismo que existe hoy en día en México, en dónde elementos propios de la cultura indígena coexisten de una manera fluida con elementos del Catolicismo. Para los Indígenas Mazatecos en Oaxaca, México, los hongos alucinógenos de psilocibina son una medicina a través de la cuál Dios, Jesús, la Vírgen María, los Santos, así cómo los Dioses de los Cerros y otras deidades indígenas, tienen la capacidad de curar. Es un ritual que es considerado sagrado y se le da y merece mucho respeto. Una de las entrevistas que realizamos fue a un Sacerdote Católico de la zona. Mencionó muchas cosas, entre ellas que los rituales de hongos “son parte de una espiritualidad que le puede dar mucha riqueza a la Iglesia y al mundo”. La entrevista está disponible aquí: En cada ciudad que visité, para hacer presentaciones del documental, conocí muchas personas que me dieron sus comentarios, todos variados, pero con cierta consistencia, hablan de religión y del ritual de manera conjunta. “Crecí Católico, dejé la religión, y a través de los rituales me re-encontré con Jesús”, “La introducción del catolicismo a las culturas indígenas es lo peor que le pudo haber pasado a los rituales de hongos”, y “la religión misma se originó de ellos”. Es a través de estas medicinas, que millones de personas en diferentes partes del mundo, hemos logrado encontrarnos a nosotros mismos y hemos re-descubierto nuestra esencia espiritual. Sin embargo el ritual de los hongos en Huautla de Jiménez, Oaxaca, es único ya que en esencia, es Católico. Este ritual es también practicado de manera similar en otras partes de México, como es el caso en el estado de Chiapas, lugar en el que el próximo 15 de Febrero usted celebrará la Santa Misa con la comunidad indígena de esa región. Espero que, no sólo cómo guía espiritual, pero también cómo Jefe de Estado del Vaticano, pueda expresar su opinión sobre la actual política de drogas. su palabra es relevante para todos los que hemos sido bendecidos con la gracia de estas experiencias. ¿Quizás sea tiempo de reconocer que estas costumbres son una manera válida de practicar el Catolicismo?, o al menos, ¿de conectar con lo divino?, quizás me esté adelantando. Su voz se unirá y dará fuerza a las voces de miles de profesionales, autores, cineastas, periodistas, artistas e investigadores de universidades, entre ellas UCLA, NYU, Imperial College London, Yale y Johns Hopkins, que recientemente han realizado estudios con psilocibina, y que muestran resultados positivos y bastante prometedores. Tengo el honor de profesar mi más profundo respeto. Se despide de su Santidad, su servidor, Oliver QuintanillaFilmmaker.  

Little Saints
157 supporters