Cathcon note: the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz has a very closely associated College, named after the Pope, in its grounds.
The College was opened during Pope Benedict's visit in 2007.
Heiligenkreuz distances itself from "Correctio"
Among the signatories of Pope Francis's public "Correction" is also a guest professor at the College of Heiligenkreuz. They have now distanced themselves from the philosopher.
The Heiligenkreuz College dissociates itself from one of its guest professors, who had signed a public "Correction" of the pope . He had signed in his own name. Nevertheless, this throws a shadow on the college, says the statement, which was published on the college's website. The sponsor of the Philosophical-Theological College Benedict XVI is the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz.
Since its founding in 1802, it belonged to the core values of the Heiligenkreuz College, "to teach and act" inviolably "cum Petro et sub Petro". "We therefore make it clear that Heiligenkreuz College is closely connected to Roman Magisterium in all things, and we regard it as our greatest honour and our first duty to keep the faithful to Peter's successor, that is to say, our Holy Father Pope Francis", it says in the position statement. It is signed by the Abbot of Heiligenkreuz, Maximilian Heim, as well as the university rector, Father Karl Wallner.
Guest professor accuses Pope of "heresy"
The guest professor of philosophy, Thomas Stark, who is not mentioned by name in the statement of the university, together with other critics accuses Pope Francis in spreading heresies. This "Filial correction for the propagation of heresies" had been published on the Internet at the end of September. The authors argue that Francis had indirectly or directly represented a false doctrine of marriage, morals and the Eucharist, and urged him to publicly reject them. In addition to Stark, further laymen, clergy and theologians, among them the German author,Martin Mosebach, the Italian, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi , former President of the Vatican Bank and Bishop Bernard Fellay of the Society of St Pius X, who has seceded from Rome.
According to the Latin title, the "Correctio filialis de haeresibus propagatis" refers to the papal "Amoris Laetitia". Already in November 2016, four cardinals had sent a letter with five so-called "Dubia" (doubts) to Pope Francis and asked him for clarification.