Conservatives within the Catholic Church are trying to lay “poisoned bait” for Pope Francis, it has been claimed just days after the pontiff faced a rebellion from Vatican cardinals opposed to his more liberal stance.
With the Pontiff mid-way through a Vatican summit on the family that has been dogged by scandal and rumours of plotting, Italian newspapers on Wednesday reported numerous accounts of plots to destabilise Pope Francis.
Nello Scavo, a journalist at Avvenire, an Italian daily linked to the Catholic Church, told La Repubblica there was a concerted move to “weaken the character and the strength of Pope Francis”.
“There is an ideological battle, it is true,” said Mr Scavo, the author of a new book entitled The Enemies of Francis. “In recent years there have also been some inside the curia who have tried to lay poisoned bait for Francis.”
He cited the example of Krzysztof Charamsa, a senior Vatican official and Polish priest, who came out publicly as gay just a day before the Vatican summit began, criticising what he called “institutionalised homophobia in the church”.
Monsignor Charamsa also claimed that a majority of priests were gay, before being sacked just hours later by the Vatican.
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