Examining Count VII. w/Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma

As to Count VII.

VII. God not only permits, but positively wills, the pluralism and diversity of religions, both Christian and non-Christian.
Open Letter to Bishops of the Catholic Church, Easter Week, 2019

The quote in full:

“Freedom is a right of every person: each individual enjoys the freedom of belief, thought, expression and action. The pluralism and the diversity of religions, colour, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings. This divine wisdom is the source from which the right to freedom of belief and the freedom to be different derives. Therefore, the fact that people are forced to adhere to a certain religion or culture must be rejected, as too the imposition of a cultural way of life that others do not accept[.]”
– [Pope] Francis > Travels > 2019 > Apostolic Voyages outside Italy [TO THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (3-5 FEBRUARY 2019)] > A DOCUMENT ON HUMAN FRATERNITY FOR WORLD PEACE AND LIVING TOGETHER

(Please note that in this document, there is no mention of “Jesus” or “Christ”.)

Therefore, restating Count VII. as:

God in his Son [Wisdom] not only permits, but positively wills, the pluralism and diversity of religions, both Christian and non-Christian.


CCC 108 Still, the Christian faith is not a “religion of the book.” Christianity is the religion of the “Word” of God, a word which is “not a written and mute word, but the Word is incarnate and living”. If the Scriptures are not to remain a dead letter, Christ, the eternal Word of the living God, must, through the Holy Spirit, “open [our] minds to understand the Scriptures.”

Therefore, proposition in Count VII. opposes at least the following De fide dogmas in the FUNDAMENTALS OF CATHOLIC DOGMA:

1) The Church was founded by the God-Man Jesus Christ. [De fide.]

2) Christ founded the Church in order to continue His work of redemption for all time. [De fide.]

3) Christ founded the Church. [De fide.]

4) Christ is the Head of the Church. [De fide.]

5) The Church founded by Christ is unique and one. [De fide.]

6) The Church founded by Christ is catholic. [De fide.]

7) The Church founded by Christ is apostolic. [De fide.]

8) Membership of the Church is necessary for all men for salvation. [De fide.]

The last paragraph of the explanation of this dogma is as follows:

“As against the reproach of intolerance a distintion must be made between dogmatic and civil tolerance. The Church rejects the dogmatic tolerance which would concede the same power of justification and the same value to all religions or to all Christian confessions (Indifferentism), for there is only one truth. But the Church recognises the propriety of civil tolerance, by preaching the commandment of neighbourly charity towards all men, even those in error. Cf. the prayers of the Liturgy on Good Friday.” (My emphasis)

Therefore, Count VII. is a heretical proposition (propositio haeretica) or a proposition opposed to the above formal dogmas.


How is holding the proposition in Count VII. not only heretical but also apostate?

Many committed Catholics and even outside observers have the impression that the Pope — while certainly affirming some Catholic doctrines — deep down isn’t really Catholic. It’s interesting that Reuters, at the end of its article on our letter, in speaking about this subject, states: “Conservatives say the Roman Catholic Church is the only true one and that members are called to convert others to it.” Evidently Reuters doesn’t classify Francis as a “conservative,” so it agrees with us in saying that the Pope rejects this doctrine.
Scholar [Prof. Claudio Pierantoni] defends letter accusing Pope of heresy: Church is facing ‘most serious crisis’ in history | Diane Montagna, Tue May 7, 2019 – 4:12 am EST | LifeSiteNews (My emphasis)

This reading seems to overturn the doctrine of the Gospel. In fact, the Ark which Noah by divine command built before the Flood, as a refuge for himself, his family and all animal species (Gen. 6:13-22), is presented by St. Paul as a refuge of salvation for believers and a sign of perdition for the world (Heb. 11:7). Catholic Tradition has therefore always seen in Noah’s Ark the symbol of the Church, outside of which there is no salvation (cf. S. Ambrose, De Noe et Arca, 6. 9, in Migne, Patrologia Latina, vol. 14, coll. 368-374, and Hugo von Hurter, De arca Noe Ecclesiae typo Patrum sententiae, dans Sanctorum Patrum opuscula selecta, III, Innsbruck 1868, pp. 217-233).
Pope seems to ‘overturn’ Gospel in statement with Grand Imam: Church historian by Diane Montagna | LifeSiteNews, Wed Feb 6, 2019 – 2:16 pm EST

By signing the statement that God wills a plurality of religions, the Pope defied both fides and ratio and rejected Christianity which is inseparable from the belief in Jesus Christ, who is the unus Dominus.
Grave Concerns About Pope Francis’ Abu Dhabi Document – By Professor Josef Seifert | gloria.tv en.news, Fri Feb 8

Cf. Swiss bishop: Abu Dhabi declaration signed by pope, imam, eclipses Jesus as mediator, savior | by Maike Hickson, September 6, 2019 (LifeSiteNews)

Cf. “pluralism and diversity of religions, colour, sex, race and language willed by God” para straight from the Enlightenment

Cf. The Concept of Dogma and A Primer on the Magisterium of the Catholic Church

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