Conservatives want Catholic bishops to declare pope a heretic

The Pope is facing criticism from an ultra-conservative Church group

The Pope is facing criticism from an ultra-conservative Church group

  |  Andrew Medichini/Reuters

The group has issued a letter saying that Francis paved the way for one of the greatest crises in the history of the Catholic Church

A group of 19 Catholic priests and academics have urged bishops to declare Pope Francis a heretic, in the latest ultra-conservative broadside against the pontiff over a range of topics such as communion for the divorced and religious diversity.

The most prominent of the group is Father Aidan Nichols, a 70-year-old British priest of the Dominican order who has written several books and is one of the most respected theologians in the English-speaking world.

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