Sunday, February 2, 2020
Italian Cardinal Says That if Catholics Don’t Like Francis, They Can Become Protestant
'There are too many people talking about the Pope,' said Cardinal Bassetti, President of the Italian Bishops' Conference, when he met media representatives.
Edit: I’d have thought approving of this Pope was something Protestants were likely to do. Would Protestants welcome traditionalist Catholics like they welcome unrepentant sodomites?
"If someone does not like the Pope, he should be allowed to say it because he can go other ways," said Gualtiero Cardinal Bassetti, President of the Italian Bishops' Conference, during a meeting with media representatives in Perugia on January 25.
"There are too many people talking about the Pope," Bassetti said of the growing discontent with Pope Francis among Catholics. He told someone to go to the Protestants if he didn't like the Catholic Church. They would have neither a pope nor a bishop. Everyone can make their own decisions.” "Enough complaining. It doesn't help anyway,” he said.
Cardinal Bassetti (77) is Archbishop of Perugia-Città della Pieve (Italy). Pope Francis made him cardinal in 2014. He has been the President of the Italian Episcopal Conference since 2017.
It is not clear who Bassetti (archive photo) specifically meant by his outburst described by Italian media. Il Messaggero suspected that the displeasure of many Italians with Pope Francis' stance on immigration could have triggered the cardinal's acrimony. At the media meeting, Bassetti presented the program for the Mediterranean initiative "Mediterranean: Border of Peace" organized by the Italian Episcopal Conference, which will take place in Bari from September 19 to 23
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