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Pope Francis is planning to punish an American critic, according to published reports.
The pope plans to evict Cardinal Joseph Burke from his Vatican-subsidized apartment and also take away the salary provided for Burke as a retired cardinal, according to The New York Times.
“If he’s being evicted from his apartment, this is a vicious act,” said Michael Hichborn, president of the Lepanto Institute, a conservative Catholic organization based in Virginia.
“Cardinal Burke is my enemy, so I take away his apartment and his salary,” the Italian newspaper La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana quoted the pope as saying in a recent meeting, according to Google translate.
“The alleged enmity of Cardinal Burke has recently become a real obsession for Pope Francis, but in reality the American cardinal has been in the crosshairs since the beginning of his pontificate, probably because he embodies some of the elements that annoy him most: he is American and represents a constant reminder of the doctrine and Tradition of the Church.”
Francis said during a Nov. 20 meeting that Burke had become a focal point of “disunity” in the Roman Catholic Church, according to the Associated Press, which cited a participant in the meeting it did not name.
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