A Roman Observer: Australian Cardinal George Pell has always been a controversial figure. So why did Pope Francis bring him to the Vatican and place him in positions of power?
I normally do not reply to attacks in the media, but Sandro Magister is a respected Italian conservative with very good sources in the Vatican, so I want to correct a reference he made to me.
In his column "The Betting is Open on the Next Synod," he wrote:
The fact that the "reactionaries" Caffarra, Scola, and Aguilar have been invited to take part in the synod by Francis himself has significantly chilled the enthusiasm for the current pope.
Patients and staff at a Rome hospital were ready to meet the pope when they heard Francis had to postpone his visit because he was not feeling well.