Pope welcomes ‘loyal criticism’ but warns against ideological fixation
ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM MADAGASCAR (CNS) ̶ Pope Francis says he hopes and prays the Catholic Church will not experience a new schism, but human freedom means people always have had and will have the “schism option.”
“I pray that there not be schism, but I am not afraid,” Pope Francis told reporters flying from Africa back to Rome with him Sept. 10.
Schisms have occurred throughout church history, he said, and one thing they all have in common is having such a focus on an ideology that they begin reading Church doctrine through the lens of that fixation.
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