- Dec 12, 2019
“I’m telling you this as a brother, father and friend. Please, shun ecclesial careerism. It is a plague. Avoid it,” Pope Francis said during an audience at the Vatican with students, faculty, staff and alumni of the Pontifical Spanish College of St. Joseph in Rome. “Do not forget this — the devil always comes in through the pocket, always,” he said.
Francis himself recognizes that there is resistance…the longer Francis goes on, the more cardinals and bishops he can appoint, which will likely increase the number of those who think as he does and decrease the size of the opposition still further.
“In relation to recent events, the Council of Cardinals expresses its full support of the work of the Pope, while ensuring full adhesion and support to his person and his Magisterium,” a Vatican communique stated in the wake of several attacks and criticism toward Pope Francis’s pontificate.