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Cardinal Scola condemns ‘harsh and insolent attacks’ against Pope Francis

November 29, 2021

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CWN Editor's Note: Cardinal Angelo Scola, 80, is the retired Archbishop of Milan and was considered a leading contender for election to the papacy in the conclave of 2013.

“Right from the beginning, Francis’ style of pontificate was like a healthy punch in the stomach from the Holy Spirit to wake us up,” Cardinal Scola said. Criticizing “harsh and insolent attacks against the Pope,” he added, “It is necessary for us to accompany the Pope, as one should always do—following him, obeying him—because the Pope is the ultimate point of reference.”

While he “understood” the “internal turmoil” experienced by some cardinals, “I do not see the necessity” of public criticism of the Pontiff, Cardinal Scola continued. “One can say, with all due respect, that ‘I do not understand this or that choice [made by the Pope].’ But at the same time, one should make every effort to grasp fully what the Pope has proposed.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Nov. 29, 2021 5:58 PM ET USA

    We received a punch in the stomach all right, a punch that is killing the Church. If the statistics are not enough to convince, consider the closing and "consolidation" of parishes and dioceses. Next consider the lack of belief of Catholics about moral and dogmatic matters of the highest importance. Finally consider the lack of prudence among Catholic voters who brought us the current political turmoil. If a pope is the ultimate point of reference, then what point of reference, if any, is Christ