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Challenge for Pope is to find lost sheep without distressing faithful, says Cardinal Ruini

September 30, 2016

The greatest challenge facing Pope Francis is to bring people back into the Catholic Church without creating a crisis among practicing Catholics, according to Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the retired vicar of the Rome diocese.

"I pray to the Lord that the search for the lost sheep—which is indispensable—does not disturb the consciences of the faithful in the flock," the Italian prelate said.

Cardinal Ruini made his remark in the course of an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera. The interview was primarily devoted to the cardinal's new book, Is There an Afterlife? Death and Hope.


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  • Posted by: scotty - Oct. 01, 2016 8:06 PM ET USA

    I believe the message of the gospel is for us to act more like the Father, than like the older son, when the prodigal returned.

  • Posted by: skall391825 - Sep. 30, 2016 6:44 PM ET USA

    It's been clear for years that the Pope is searching for lost sheep, but it's also clear--painfully clear-- that he knows he is doing so in a manner which greatly disturbs the faithful in the flock and that he appears not to care. Is he finding more sheep than he is losing by his manner?

  • Posted by: DanS - Sep. 30, 2016 6:06 PM ET USA

    Or worse, have become themselves wolves in sheep's clothing.

  • Posted by: Jason C. - Sep. 30, 2016 12:11 PM ET USA

    Amen. I've said this a million times, but in the past we could leave the 99 to go after the one lost sheep. Now it feels like the shepherd is leaving the 1 behind to go after the 99 who don't want to be found.