Cardinal Marx says loyalty to the pope is important for Catholicism

(NCR Online) A member of Pope Francis’ advisory Council of Cardinals has said it is important for the Catholic faith that adherents to the religion support the pontiff.

In a press briefing at the Vatican Wednesday, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx said that while it is normal that there be discussion about the pope and his initiatives “it is also clear for us as Catholics that loyalty to the pope is substantial for the Catholic faith.”

Marx, the archbishop of Munich and Freising, was responding to a question about why the Council of Cardinals had decided to issue a statement Monday reiterating its support for Francis.

“In relation to recent events, the Council of Cardinals pledges its full support for the pope’s work,” said that statement, without specifying the recent events in question.

The cardinal declined to offer additional information on the statement during the briefing, but said the Council “had the feeling we didn’t want to make great drama but … it was the time to repeat from our group we are supporting the pope.” [More]


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