The Assistant Administrator of the Family and Life Secretariat of the local Catholic Church, Peter Fevrier, has come to the defence of Pope Francis who has been accused of heresy, asserting that according to church teachings the Pope is ‘without flaws.’
Fevrier, who is a Deacon of the Roman Catholic Church here, explained recently that the Pope, who represents Christ on earth, is without ‘flaws’ because he is a man of God.
Late last month a group of Catholic scholars and clergy accused Pope Francis of heresy in connection with a 2016 papal document.
In a letter that was made public, the group asserted that portions of Francis’ document contain propositions which “contradict truths that are divinely revealed, and that Catholics must believe with the assent of divine faith.”
Peter Fevrier said that the heresy accusations arose out of a book, ‘Love in the Family’, written by Pope Francis.
He disclosed that the publication is used here to teach family life and love in the family.
“So it is important for us to stand up and defend the Pope,” he said.
Fevrier said it was important to have faith, hope and trust in the teachings of ‘our leader the Pope’ and the dogmas of the church.
According to the Catholic official, the church has survived for the past 2000 years.
He said he had no doubt that the matter will be dealt with.
Fevrier said he was not sure what the objective of the heresy accusations is.
“But our business is to stand up and defend the church,” he observed.
He said it was not his place to respond to the heresy matter, which would be left to the ‘higher authorities’ to deal with.