Fired Cardinal attacks Pope in manifesto

A cardinal who was dismissed from a senior Vatican post by Pope Francis%20Francis&redirect=yes"> has written his own “Manifesto of Faith,” in the latest attack on the pontiff’s authority by a leading member of the Church’s conservative wing. Tamara Lindstrom reports.

(REUTERS, ABU DHABI TV) – A Catholic cardinal fired from his senior Vatican post has issued a scathing attack on Pope Francis%20Francis&redirect=yes"> – the latest fracture in a growing rift between the pontiff and the church’s conservative wing.

71-year-old Cardinal Gerard Mueller of Germany issued what he called his “Manifesto of Faith” Friday via conservative Catholic media outlets.

In it, Mueller accused some Church leaders of abandoning “the people entrusted to them, unsettling them and severely damaging their faith”, and warned against “the fraud of (the) anti-Christ”.

The manifesto comes days after Francis made an historic trip to the Arabian peninsula and signed a “Document on Human Fraternity” with a Muslim faith leader. The move upset ultra-conservative Catholics opposed to dialogue with Islam.

Mueller is one of a handful of conservative cardinals who have openly criticized Francis, saying he is weakening Catholic rules on moral issues such as homosexuality and divorce while focusing excessively on social problems like climate change and economic inequality.

Mueller has ramped up his criticism of the pope since Francis removed him as head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2017.

The Vatican has not commented on the document.

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