Critics of ‘Fiducia Supplicans’ Continue to Emerge

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by Church Militant  •  •  January 9, 2024   

Some cry 'heresy' while others say 'finally'

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DETROIT ( - On an almost daily basis, the list of opponents to the Vatican's recent document, Fiducia Supplicans, grows. The decree allows blessings for unmarried couples, including same-sex couples, while purportedly maintaining the Church's immutable stance on marriage. 

Pope Francis

This first-of-its-kind document, approved by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) and endorsed by Pope Francis, has sparked controversy for its departure from traditional Catholic teachings.

Complicit Clergy, a conservative Catholic watchdog, reports that efforts are underway behind the scenes to remove from Wikipedia the list of Fiducia Supplicans' opponents, which details 22 episcopal conferences, 37 cardinals and six congregations and associations, along with numerous priests, influential laymen and even non-Catholic denominations.

Strickland's Stand

Bishop Joseph Strickland, formerly the bishop of Tyler, Texas, is a notable critic. He was removed as bishop of Tyler by Pope Francis in November with no reasons formally given by the Vatican

Many faithful Catholics perceive the document as undermining official Church teachings.

On his personal website, Strickland highlights an article by Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap., critiquing Fiducia Supplicans

Weinandy argues that the document blurs the lines between sacramental marriage blessings and blessings for nonmarital relationships, including same-sex unions. 

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He contends this contradicts St.  John Henry Newman's criteria for doctrinal development, which demands consistency with established teachings. 

Weinandy's critique labels blessings for sexual activities outside marriage as blasphemous and an affront to the unique bond of sacramental marriage.

Controversy and Implications

The Fiducia Supplicans controversy extends beyond mere internal Church politics, impacting critical elements of doctrine, pastoral care and the Church's societal role. 

They surmise Martin is using Fiducia Supplicans as a guise.

Proponents of Fiducia Supplicans, like the prominent pro-sodomy Jesuit James Martin, advocate for the document as a progressive move towards greater so-called inclusivity within the Catholic Church.

Fr. James Martin, S.J.

Martin recently offered a public blessing of a same-sex couple. He claimed this gesture demonstrates the love and acceptance that aligns with the spirit of compassion that supporters see in the document.

Many faithful Catholics, however, perceive the document as undermining official Church teachings on marriage and family, accusing the Vatican under Pope Francis of forsaking the Church's moral teachings for the sake of modernity.

Many devout Catholics interpret Martin's advocacy and actions, like blessing a same-sex couple, as contradicting essential Catholic doctrines on marriage and the intrinsic evil of homosexual acts. They surmise Martin is using Fiducia Supplicans as a guise to deviate from Church teachings in a vain attempt to change them.

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