News journals which focus on important issues to the Catholic Church and society have an obligation to be factual. However, even editors of these news sources can become biased to the point where their reporting twists facts to become untrue. This is the case of the reporting by Lifesite News and Church Militant, among others, that said a group of canon lawyers and cardinals were having a “historic” meeting to discuss how to go about deposing Pope Francis from the Seat of Peter (as if that’s even possible – it’s not, it turns out). The meeting was actually a group of university academics who gathered for a colloquium to discuss a book one of them, a professor, wrote. They concluded that history has shown no procedure to depose a pope nor is there a Church authority above him except Jesus. According to the organizer of the two day conference, “Building an actual legal case against Pope Francis was never the point of the meeting anyway… this is just an academic examination of a disputed question.”
Paris conference on deposing a heretical pope looks to the past, not the present
By Tom Heneghan
PARIS (RNS) Holding a colloquium to discuss dethroning an erring Roman Catholic pontiff sounds like a call to battle at a time when prominent cardinals say Pope Francis is leading the faithful astray.
Its title, “The Deposition of a Heretical Pope,” added a provocative touch after a rare challenge by four cardinals who last September urged Francis to clarify parts of “Amoris Laetitia” (The Joy of Love), a papal document they said wrongly opened the door to allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the Eucharist.
So when plans for a conference were reported a few weeks ago, it created quite a buzz on the far right of the Catholic blogosphere.
As the original U.S. report was picked up and translated around Europe, it looked as if the two-day meeting in Paris could be the place where the next steps in the campaign against the pope were being worked out.
It turned out to be nothing of the sort.
The colloquium at the Law and Religious Societies center of the Université Paris-Sud brought together about 40 experts — mostly canon lawyers and legal historians — to discuss issues highlighted in a recent 1,200-page book on the issue by Laurent Fonbaustier, a professor of public law at the university.
Apart from two Dominicans in white robes and two priests in black cassocks with the wide waist sashes favored by traditionalists, the crowd seemed to be mostly lay academics. Continue reading “Rumours and Innuendos About a Meeting on Deposing Pope Francis are False”