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Pope will not be deterred by criticism; says resignation was 'act of governance' by Benedict XVI

July 04, 2016

Pope Francis said that he will pursue his goals for the Church despite critics, in an interview with a journalist from Argentina. 

When Joaquin Morales Sola of La Nacion asked him about his "ultra-conservative" critics, the Pope replied: "They say No to everything. I go ahead, without looking over my shoulder."

In the interview, the Pope spoke at length about his relationship with Argentina's President Mauricio Macri, denying that there is a conflict between them. "Don't look for reasons" to suggest tensions, he said, insisting that he has no animosity toward Macri.

The Pope also spoke of his predecessor in the interview, saying that the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI was "an act of governance." He said: "His resignation, which exposed all the problems of the Church, had nothing to do with personal matters."


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  • Posted by: Bveritas2322 - Jul. 06, 2016 4:06 AM ET USA

    I guess this would include Catholics upset by his favoring the appointment of the pro-abortion, pro-pornography Cardinal Danneels to the Synod on the Family last fall.

  • Posted by: rjbennett1294 - Jul. 04, 2016 5:20 PM ET USA

    If the pope says that critics will not deter him, then we must beg Almighty God to do it.

  • Posted by: stpetric - Jul. 04, 2016 5:19 PM ET USA

    Good! He shouldn't be constrained by "ultra-conservatives." But how about us ordinary conservatives, who bear the brunt of explaining his frequent ad libs in the face of sensationalist media?