ASK FATHER: How to “pray for the Pope’s intentions” if I don’t like them or him?

Posted November 3, 2017 11:20 am by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

ASK FATHER: How to “pray for the Pope’s intentions” if I don’t like them or him?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
With the pope not being what I would call a friend to the traditional mass, my wife has asked how do we pray for his intentions? Can we as lay people be critical of the pope? Where is the line to be drawn?
First, let’s clarify something.   That phrase, “pray for [the Pope’s] intentions” does not mean praying for the Pope.  It means praying for the intentions that the Pope designates.
In modern times Popes designate a couple of intentions each month.  You don’t have to know what they are explicitly in order to pray for them.  Simply make the intention

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