The two issues have generated a flurry of headlines in recent days, sending commentators scrambling to explain their significance for the Argentine pontiff and his battle to reform both the way the Church is governed and its message.
Conspiracy specialists have also been working overtime on the emergence last week of a leaked — but apparently falsified — document, purporting to point to a Vatican cover-up. This relates to a 33-year-old mystery over the disappearance of the Emanuela Orlandi, the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee.
Interpretations of the recent spate of intrigue vary but the one thing they all agree on is that Francis is under fire.
In recent days the 80-year-old has found himself accused of throwing in the towel on cleaning up how the Church handles its vast wealth and of propagating heresies on divorce and other issues.
Three months after he suddenly quit as the Vatican’s auditor general, Libero Milone broke his silence at the weekend to claim Vatican officials had conspired to block his access to Francis because “they didn’t want me telling him about some of the things I’d seen.”
In the face of the resistance, the pope had become disillusioned with a task he had previously regarded as a priority, Milone suggested.
Almost simultaneously the heresy charge was tabled by a group of clerics and lay theologians, some of whom are linked to the Society of St. Pius X, an ultra-traditional, breakaway group founded by the late French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.
In a 25-page open letter dubbed “A filial correction concerning the propagation of heresies,” the group indict Francis on seven specific counts of heresy, born of what they term a mistaken modernism and sympathy for the teachings of Martin Luther, the founder of the Protestant reformation in Europe.
The most notable heresy charge relates to the pope opening up the possibility of some divorced believers receiving communion, which critics see as undermining the principle of the indissolubility of marriage. Continue reading at The Local.
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