[Sir] "It's an unprecedented situation because so far the Pope was not attackable". This is how Cardinal Walter Kasper, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, comments on the attacks on Pope Francis that are taking place during this period. For years the cardinal worked in the Vatican, as a close collaborator of the Pontiffs. Today, in an interview with Sir on the sidelines of the "Ponti di Pace" meeting in Bologna (which will be published in full tomorrow), he recalls: "One could obviously disagree. But the Pope is the symbol of unity and has authority not only in the Church; it is a moral authority in the world. Destroying this authority as they do, it is completely irresponsible. And for a bishop, a cardinal, it is impossible to do it. I personally think that when you do not agree, sometimes you can even shut up. We must stop this destruction. The majority of Christians who are in favor of the Pope should not be silent in this situation and must say: we are with the Pope, for the Pope. But this is missing. The majority is silent while the others speak loudly and have a network between them. But they have no future because they are a minority, only a minority, that speaks aloud ". The cardinal pauses to speak also of what is emerging in the Church regarding facts and scandals. "The Church - he says - is weakened by these scandals. Abuses are a shame. But they show that the Church is always a Church of sinners. If it were not, I could never belong to this Church as a sinner. Prayer is needed. Praying for the Pope, for the unity of the Church, for our societies. Prayer is a force that we have, it is the greatest strength that God has given us, together with the witness ".
But it was ok for him to criticize Benedict: here, here, as part of the St. Galen Mafia.