The “Filial Appeal”
I have, up to now, rather ignored the Filial Appeal.
I have done so out of the simple reason that it looked to me like an appeal to Stalin to end the purges, or to Hitler not to persecute the Jews.
It seems to me that, in principle, the criticism to Pope Francis must be made from a position of truth: “I know what you are aiming at, and I will oppose you as hard as I can”.
On the other hand, in practice the appeal gives another outlet to those who desire to express their own scandal at Pope Francis himself, but for some reason prefer not to say so openly. I think you should say so openly, but hey, each one is made his own way.
Therefore, the “Filial Appeal” is posted here as a quick reference for all those who should decide that it is opportune to sign it.
Personally, I will not do it, because I do not think Stalin would have been moved by an appeal to end the purges, and I will not credit Stalin with good qualities I know he does not have. But if you think it serves a purpose, go on.
The appeal has more than 100,000 signatures as I write this. Rick Santorum and Bishop Schneider are among the signatories.