What have Kigeli V, exiled King of Rwanda, Dr. Alejandro Ordóñez Maldonado, Attorney General of the Republic of Colombia, Wolfgang Waldstein, Professor emeritus of the University of Salzburg and a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life (Germany) have in common? 
 
Each is an observant Catholic who shares concern about the crazy media circus that attended last autumn’s 2014 Synod on the Family.  Fronted by several rogue prelates, dissident forces attempted to maneuver the Church into contradicting its own moral teaching.
 
The Catholics named above, together with hundreds of other dignitaries, writers, professors, and heads of various lay organizations, are so concerned that they have written an open letter to Pope Francis in which they affirm the beauty and truth of Church teaching, while decrying the confusion that “anti-Church lobbies” have created in recent months.  
 
Because of this confusion, the signatories of what has been titled a “Filial Appeal to His Holiness Pope Francis on the Future of the Family” are urging the pope “to clarify the growing confusion amongst the faithful” and to assure the faithful that he would “never disassociate pastoral practice from the teaching bequeathed by Jesus Christ and his vicars.”
 
Specifically, they would like him “to reaffirm categorically the Catholic teaching that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics cannot receive Holy Communion and that homosexual unions are contrary to Divine and natural law.”
 
Those who would like to add their names to the appeal can visit: http://filialappeal.org.

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