Archbishop Aguer: Pope Francis Targets Good Bishops Because He Is ‘Uncomfortable With Tradition’

In faraway Buenos Aires, the story appeared on a television newscast: the Pope evicted Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke from his apartment in a Vatican-owned building on the Via della Conciliazione. The news report, somewhat fleeting, was illustrated by an image of His Eminence in the cardinal’s habit. The pontiff’s measure was a reaction to one of his most constant critics. Inspiration for it, moreover, was attributed to the cardinal prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Argentinean Víctor Manuel “Tucho” Fernández.

Rome does not tolerate criticism; it sees its critics as enemies, and the Peronist principle of “no justice for the enemy” is applied against them. This is how Monsignor Joseph Strickland was removed from his Diocese of Tyler, Texas.

We must keep in mind what the Apostle Paul refers to in his Letter to the Galatians. After his conversion, he went to Jerusalem to see Peter (Gal. 2:1). But later, in Antioch, he had to confront Peter face to face (Gal. 2:11-21), reproaching him for his hypocrisy in his dealings with converted pagans. The relationship between the two apostles was strengthened in the truth – this should be the model of the relationship between the successor of Peter and the successors of the apostles. However, the Pope is suspicious of bishops who appear to be “traditionalists.”

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