(Rome) Don Alfredo Morselli, a priest in the archdiocese of Bologna, well-known in Italy, has just explained in an interview why he signed the Correctio filialisbecause of the spread of heresies. Pope Francis visited Bologna last Sunday. Don Morselli is one of the first signatories who sent the correction to the Pope on the 11th of August.
Born in Bologna in 1958, he became an apprentice during his studies and joined the priest's seminary in 1980. He was ordained a priest in the diocese of Massa in 1986 and celebrated in the traditional form of the Roman Rite, although there was no Motu proprio Ecclesia Dei and certainly not Summorum Pontificum. On the Silver Jubilee of his Priesthood, he said:
"When I came to serve in the parish, the priests immediately protested even to the bishop."
He was then sent to Rome for study. Back in his diocese, he was "banished" to two "remote and very poor mountain parishes with dilapidated churches." "Saint Joseph made it possible for both churches and the two bell towers to be renovated and a nursery to be built." There, too, he celebrated Holy Mass every Sunday in the traditional rite and built a church choir. In parallel he taught fundamental theology, exegetics and Greek. After the Motu proprio, Ecclesia Dei, he sought to be admitted to the newly founded Priestly Society of St. Peter, but was refused "illegitimately" by a superior authority. He was made to understand that he was denied an appeal in Rome, in order not to impose an additional burden on the Society of Saint Peter, which was already in the crossfire. Instead, he was "gracefully" dismissed from teaching activities.
Then the situation in his diocese became increasingly oppressive, in 2001 he moved to the Archdiocese of Bologna under Cardinal Giacomo Biffi. The parishes entrusted to him were indebted and the churches were in a miserable condition. Here too, St. Joseph had conceded to him the reconstruction of the church and the coffers. Every day, on Sundays and Labor Day, he celebrates the Holy Mass in the traditional form. He also sought an official place for Mass in the traditional rite in the Archdiocese and was able to win three young priests. At least five priestly and religious orders have emerged from the church. According to the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum , his new Archbishop, Carlo Cardinal Caffarra, was the first resident Cardinal of Italy to celebrate Holy Mass in the traditional rite. "For all of this, the Archbishopric of Bologna, the diocese of Lercaro and Dossetti is not the most favorable environment," as Don Morselli said in the 25th anniversary of the priesthood in 2011. Don Morselli is author of several books.
The interview was conducted by Bruno Volpe of La Fede quotidiana (FQ)
"There is an objective confusion"
Q: Don Morselli, what motivated you to sign?
Don Morselli: The confusion that prevails in the Church, in which false and also heretical ideas and ideas are circulating and spread. To make it clear, as anyone who can read our document unreservedly and unconditionally, the object of the Correctio filialis is not the person of the pope whom no one accuses of heresy.
Q. What are you complaining about?
Don Morselli: The problem has arisen because the Dubia of the four Cardinals to Amoris laetitia did not receive the answer they deserved, as did our letter of August 11th. Because the silence continues, we have made it public. We think that a final clarification is urgently necessary for Amoris laetitia, considering you can see what is happening.
Q. What happens now?
Don Morselli: There is an objective confusion. It is the Church that experiences this confusion both in pastoral care and in teaching. What happens to Amoris laetitia is proof of this. I myself have said in a previous interview that the Church is experiencing her Hell, as the Mother of God announced in Fatima. But I remain an optimist because the Church will endure. The powers of darkness will not overcome Her.
Q: Amoris laetitia spreads heresies?
Don Morselli: The document is against the magisterium and the tradition of the Church and it contradicts what John Paul II has said. This is the concern of our Correctio filialis: to avoid that this document spreads ideas that are objectively heretical. To give Communion once again to married divorced persons is a serious sin. It is heretical. This yielding to situational ethics and circumstances seems to me dangerous. On the contrary, it is rather to be reminded that there are acts which in themselves are bad which can not make any circumstance good. To allow one to the sacraments, who is in the state of serious sin, destroys the Catholic doctrine of Marriage, the Eucharist, and Confession. It is possible that I can not exclude the fact that the pope is surrounded by collaborators who are in heresy and who do not want to be well, but are actually his enemies. I think he's badly advised. I repeat, however, that we are not against the person of the pope whom we do not accuse. It is not an action hostile to him.
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