In his conversation with Slovakian Jesuits while visiting the country last week, Pope Francis took a swipe at his media critics, saying he sometimes loses patience with people who insult without knowing the facts. Source: Crux.
He also criticised members of the Church who he said are too nostalgic for the past, such as priests who are more attached to the Old Latin Rite of the Mass than they are to their parish communities, which he said is a sign that the Church is going backwards.
Asked how he was doing at the opening of the September 12 encounter, which took place as part of a broader apostolic visit to Hungary and Slovakia, Francis said he was, “Still alive, even though some people wanted me to die.”
His visit to Hungary and Slovakia was the first international trip he has made since he had colon surgery in July.
“I know there were even meetings between prelates who thought the Pope’s condition was more serious than the official version. They were preparing for the conclave,” he told the Slovakian Jesuits, adding, “Patience! Thank God, I’m all right.”
During the conversation, one Jesuit noted that people are divided about Pope Francis, with some believing he is heterodox and others idealising him.
In response to a question from this Jesuit about how he handles people who look at him with suspicion, Francis pointed to “a large Catholic television channel that has no hesitation in continually speaking ill of the pope.”
In his remarks, Pope Francis said that “I personally deserve attacks and insults because I am a sinner, but the Church does not deserve them. They are the work of the devil. I have also said this to some of them.”
Media critical of the pope do ‘the devil’s work,’ Francis says (By Elise Ann Allen, Crux)