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Pope Francis: ‘I look at the US Church with hope’

February 02, 2021

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CWN Editor's Note: In a meeting with correspondents from the US bishops’ press network, Pope Francis said that the Church in the US “has been courageous — the history it has and the saints — and has done so much. But if the communications media throw gas on the fire on one side or another, it doesn’t help.” The Church in the US, he added, is “a Church that is alive, vivacious,” as he paid tribute to the leadership of Archbishop José Gomez and Bishop Mark Seitz on immigration. He also described the Church in the US as generous, prayerful, and (because of the abuse crisis) humble. He remarked, “There are perhaps traditionalist groups in the United States, but there are here in the Vatican, too.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 05, 2021 12:05 AM ET USA

    "There are perhaps traditionalist groups in the United States, but there are here in the Vatican, too." After he praises Bishop Seitz, this statement does not appear to be a compliment. I wonder if Pope Francis has the humility to lower himself to walk a mile in the shoes of a "traditionalist". If so, he might find that "pre-Vatican II" does not have to represent something dirty and to be rejected. The Church survived for 1,900 years before Vatican II. These years should not be denigrated.