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Cardinal Burke, in interview, says Pope Francis encouraged his candor

August 23, 2016

In an interview with the Religion News Service, Cardinal Raymond Burke strongly rejects the notion that he is an opponent of Pope Francis.

"I have never been, and I am not presently, the enemy of the Pope," the American cardinal said. Although he has made a number of public statements that have been critical of the Pope's public statements, Cardinal Burke stressed that he will always remain loyal to the Pontiff.

Cardinal Burke reported that he had told Pope Francis, in a friendly conversation: "Holy Father, the only way I can serve you is by speaking the truth in the best and clearest way possible." He said that the Pope replied: "That's what I want."


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