Last week, the Catholic Christ-o-sphere was abuzz with news of Pope Francis punishing a cardinal (archive) for criticizing him and his plans for the ailing organization. It wasn’t that big a punishment, but it didn’t need to be. It sent a direct message. Alas, it looks like the hardliners in that organization have spent too long dealing with Pope Francis’ indirect attacks to understand exactly what’s going on here.
Situation Report: What Pope Francis did this time
Last week, the news broke that Pope Francis held a meeting (archive) with the heads of the offices of the Roman Curia at which he canceled Cardinal Raymond Burke’s subsidy for an apartment in Rome, along with his salary as a retired cardinal.
Burke is one of the leaders in the largely American hardliner Catholic faction that opposes Francis for (it seems) literally everything Francis says and does. So it’s little surprise that La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana (“The New Daily Compass”) first reported the news, according to Franciscan Media (archive).
This Rome-based newspaper is very sympathetic to the hardliners.
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