Pro-life leaders from 13 countries accuse Pope Francis of making statements contrary to Catholic teaching

Leaders of pro-life groups from 13 countries have released a letter accusing Pope Francis of making statements and actions that are contrary to the teaching of the Catholic Church on marriage and sexuality.

(REUTERS / Max Rossi)Pope Francis writes in a book at the presidential palace in Dhaka, Bangladesh. November 30, 2017.

In a letter, the pro-life leaders accused heads of the Catholic Church of undermining their cause through "ambiguity, and even by doctrines directly contrary to the teaching of Christ and the precepts of the natural law." The signatories also expressed the sentiments of a number of documents sent to Pope Francis, which includes the Filial Appeal, the Filial Correction, Fr Thomas Weinandy's letter, and the "Dubia," The Catholic Herald detailed.

In addition, the pro-life group leaders slammed Pope Francis for approving the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. For them, the move is tantamount to urging member states to offer universal access to sex education, contraception, and abortion by the year 2030.

Moreover, the signatories condemned Pope Francis' view on sex education, citing chapter 7 in "Amoris Laetitia." They explained that their movement has relied on the Catholic Church's "immutable" teaching on moral law, but the past few years have allegedly seen the Vatican authorities giving in to the culture of supporting abortion and international sex education.

Some of the signatories include John Smeaton from the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, Dr. Thomas Ward from the National Association of Catholic Families, Patrick Buckley from European Life Network, and Anthony Murphy from Catholic Voice.

In September, Life Site News reported that 62 Catholic clergy and lay scholars from 20 countries released a "Filial Correction" to Pope Francis, whom they accused of promoting heresy. In the letter, they say the pontiff's views on marriage, morality, and the Eucharist are erroneous.

In the correction, the Catholic leaders said they were trying to protect the followers of the Church and prevent them from profaning the sacraments. They also called on Pope Francis to speak out against the alleged heresies and convey the whole teaching of the Catholic faith.