Francis faces opposition in the Curia: adviser

Curial opposition

While Pope Francis is popular among people around the world, he is facing opposition in the Roman Curia, according to a cardinal who is a close adviser, reports NCR Online.

Pope Francis is seeking to build a 'new way of being church' for Roman Catholics in a similar way to how St Francis of Assisi reported being told by God to repair the church during the 13th century, a cardinal who is one of the Pontiff's closest advisers said.

'There is a new concept of church here' in how the Pope is governing the Vatican, said Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, speaking recently in St. Petersburg, Florida. 'There is a new way of thinking, including the way of governing in the church, here.'

However, Rodríguez said, while Francis is popular among people around the world, he is facing opposition in the Roman Curia.

'We have to be prepared, since this beautiful but strange popularity is beginning to strengthen adherences, but equally to awaken deaf opposition not only in the old Curia, but in some who are sorry to lose privileges in treatment and in comforts,' Cardinal Rodríguez said.

'Expressions like 'What can it be that this little Argentine pretends?', or the expression of a well-known cardinal who let slip the phrase, 'We made a mistake,' can be heard,' the Cardinal said, making an apparent reference to a cardinal who regrets the selection of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as Pope.

Cardinal Rodríguez, Archbishop of the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, is also coordinator of the Council of Cardinals, which Francis appointed last year to 'study a project of revision' of the Vatican's bureaucracy.

The Cardinal was speaking at a meeting of provincials of the Order of Friars Minor, one of several religious orders that trace their roots directly to St Francis. The meeting was hosted by the order's English Speaking Conference, which represents friars in the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Lithuania and Malta.

FULL STORY Francis encountering curial opposition, cardinal says (NCR Online)

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