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An influential conservative cardinal has established himself as a “parallel authority” to Pope Francis, according to a new book that depicts the pontiff as a prophetic reformer who is surrounded by opponents waging “guerrilla warfare” against him.

An influential conservative cardinal has established himself as a “parallel authority” to Pope Francis, according to a new book that depicts the pontiff as a prophetic reformer who is surrounded by opponents waging “guerrilla warfare” against him.

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  1. Wow, the middle ages are really coming back then? Plagues and antipopes.

  2. I wasnt aware of him but seems he has quite some support.

    Are we having a real antipope after more than 500 years? Anyone more in the loop can confirm?

  3. The last owner of my house was *very* involved with the Catholic Church. She died and I occasionally get some of her mail including her subscription to The Catholic Family News and newsletters from The Marion Movement Of Priests. It’s all super-hardcore Vatican old-school Catholicism.

    Francis is endlessly and savagely attacked in these publications. They aren’t even subtle about it. To them, Francis is the literal anti-Christ and they desperately long to see another Benedict. His advocacy for the poor and acceptance of the modern realities of life are met with revulsion and anger. It’s fascinating stuff to read. I have to admit I look forward to my bi-annual newsletters, just for the insight into their bizarre world.

  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infallibility_of_the_Church
    https://www.catholic.com/magazine/online-edition/does-god-pick-the-pope

    So, heresy. Sounds like heresy. Probably should be excommunicated, maybe burned at the stake for that. It’s the traditional way.

  5. So this Pope actually wants to do some good for the poor and common folk, and all the profiteering and probably child molesters that have enjoyed their seats of power don’t like his direction, shocking. Maybe the Pope needs to clean house and call all the cardinals back to Rome and make them serve some penance.

  6. I’m sure the (“Jesuit Black Pope”) Pope Francis can take care of public & private enemies, no problem. Good man.

  7. The Guardian is pretty close to the last place I’m going to look for Catholic/Papal news. Chris Lamb, the author of the book, is just a BBC journalist so not a whole lot of inside info there either.

    It is true that Cardinal Sarah is conservative, influential, and seen as a possible successor to Pope Francis. None of that makes him parallel to the Pope. What kind of a conservative/traditional cardinal would flaunt Church teaching on the Papacy and place himself in that kind of position.

    This is click-bait journalism at it’s worst and shows little insight into how the Vatican actually operates.

  8. Oooh. Been a long time since the last [Pope fight](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5majAET5KA). 🙂

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