Cardinals’ secret letter to Francis warns of plot to rig reforms

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Pope Francis talks with Spanish Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach as he arrives to lead the synod on the family at the Vatican, on Oct. 10, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Max Rossi 
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Pope Francis talks with Spanish Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach as he arrives to lead the synod on the family at the Vatican, on Oct. 10, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Max Rossi *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-SYNOD-LETTER, originally transmitted on Oct. 12, 2015.

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Four of the 13 signers quickly denied any involvement, but that only hyped the intrigue around a Vatican summit that was already roiled by internal drama.

  • Ben. In oakland

    First the Kim Davis fiasco, and now a forged letter. One has a suspicion that the will of God is the last thing under consideration.

  • RG

    They should send a sharp warning letter to people about their sharp tongues.
    Sharp tongues today are very sharp/people need to bridle their sharp tongue.

  • Joe

    Lots of rumblings theses days! What is an organization to do when the “vicar of Christ” starts sending mixed signals, many of which clearly conflict with the plainly written Word? They can’t call him to repentance as it’s their position he is speaking for God…and yet… he quite clearly isn’t. Are you watching this, vision-casting protestant preachers? Maybe this whole “don’t question me because I speak for God” thing doesn’t work as well as you thought. It just might come back to bite you. Or condemn you.

  • Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN, PHN

    “Conspiracy” or not, the Synod needs to pay attention to the Gospel and the letters of St. Paul.
    Catholicism is counter-cultural and it has always been.
    Yes, love everyone but don’t condone sin! Sin must be preached against. In fact, admonishing the sinner is one of the corporal works of mercy.
    Also, read Ezekial, chapter 18.

  • Betty Clermont

    Magister a “persistent critic” of the pope? Unlike papal lapdogs like Gibson, he is the only Vatican expert who prints information such as:
    “The Francis of the Media and the Real Francis”: [The pope has been] “hammering on the controversial themes of abortion, divorce, homosexuality, contraception, without swerving a millimeter from the strict teaching of his predecessors Paul VI, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI. From October until now [May 2015], Francis has spoken out on these questions no fewer than forty times, hitting hard above all against ‘gender’ ideology.”
    He also reported that an official who met with the pope – touted for his “gift for improvisation” – admitted that “he discussed the idea of the embrace with the pope” before appearing in front of the cameras. “There are numerous testimonies from longtime acquaintances of Bergoglio who have described him as a ‘chess player,’ a refined strategist, whose every day is perfectly organized and every move carefully studied.”

  • Dominic

    I don’t see the conspiracy in this letter to the Pope from conservative Cardinals. If the letter is authentic, it is addressed to the Pope, not a shadowy group of conspirators. A Catholic slide into Protestant mimicry would be dangerous, since Protestants have divided into some 30,000 sub churches with no firm doctrine. God speaks clearly through Christ only one way, and that voice is the Catholic Church. Francis will do the right thing.

  • Dominic

    No, I didn’t.

    But Gibson deleted my comment again, anyway…..

  • Bernardo

    Deletions abound for unknown reasons on this blog. Very strange. Once again, these guys continue to make a mockery of the RCC. Of course, this started long ago with the resurrection, ascension, assumption, atonement, original sin et al cons.

  • Ted

    It’s educational watching the seething Bible-cultists writhe and spit with fury, when someone in power seeks to axtually practice the mercy and compassion Christ taught, towards ALL God’s children, and calls the church to do the same.

  • William

    Strange comment Ted. you seem to trash the Bible and then speak about Christ. If you love Christ, you will love the Bible.

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  • da

    U mean cardinals sharp tongues? If that is what u mean ,I agree