Thursday, October 16, 2014

Can We Criticize A Pope?

St Catherine of Siena rebukes the Pope

There is a debate going on between Fr Dwight Longenecker and Sean Fitzpatrick over at Crisis Magazine over whether a pope can be legitimately criticized. Fr Longenecker says yes; Mr Fitzpatrick says no. Here is the link to the debate, it is worth reading

Some believe that one can criticize a pope, in charity and with respect of course. The first to do it was St Paul who publicly rebuked St Peter (Galatians 2:11-14). Among others was St Catherine of Siena who didn't spare her words and did not hesitate to publicly rebuke the pope whenever she saw it needed to be done. And in the last pontificate the Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires publicly criticized Pope Benedict following the Regensburg speech in 2006.

An interesting debate. But let us never forget we are Christians, committed to truth and to charity. 

1 comment:

  1. Christ not pope Francis is head of the church. Mr Fitzpatrick would do well to acknowledge this truth.
    This current pontificate is gratuitously divisive .
    In real terms little has been achieved other than to cause endless upset and a decided drift toward schism between traditional and progressisive elements within the catholic church.
    Instead of acting as a force for unity , pope Francis in openly supporting what can only be seen as heresy by cardinal Kasper has become a polarising leader.

    This is a disaster for the greater good of roman Catholicism.