Theologians, Cardinals Defend Pope Against Heresy Charge

Theologians, Cardinals Defend Pope Against Heresy Charge
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In the wake of an April 30 open letter accusing Pope Francis of heresy signed by 19 clergymen and scholars, demanding the pontiff's resignation, theologians and cardinals at a conference in Rome on Wednesday instead praised Francis's theology and magisterium.

"Pope Francis is the pope, and when he speaks it's magisterium," Italian Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops, told Crux after the event.

The symposium, called "Theology and Magisterium in the Church with Pope Francis," took place May 8 in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University to present a new collection of books titled "The Theological Seeds of Francis."

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