Washington D.C., Sep 29, 2017 / 15:26 pm
After Catholic scholars issued what they termed a "filial correction" of Pope Francis, what exactly were their charges and how should a Catholic receive the letter?
The filial correction "represents the concerns of some among the Catholic faithful at what are being perceived more broadly speaking as the Pope's intended teachings, but which may not accurately represent the Pope's actual teachings," Dr. Jacob Wood, a theology professor at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, told CNA.
The letter "is the manifestation of the opinion and concerns of those theologians who have signed it," Wood explained. It is "not an authoritative statement of the meaning of the documents that it discusses," he added.
More than 60 Catholic clergy and scholars originally sent a letter to Pope Francis on August 11 as a "filial correction" for "heretical positions" that the Pope has "effectively upheld."