Pope Francis has placed himself at the center of countless controversies.
But now the heat is on.
That’s because Pope Francis said the one thing that could lead to demands for his resignation.
Pope Francis made a name for himself as a left-wing activist.
He is more famous for his radical political views than spreading the Gospel.
However, like all liberals, he has a soft spot for communist dictators.
And it’s gotten him into big trouble.
Francis instructed Chinese Bishops – who risk their lives by teaching Christ’s Word – to respect the Chinese Communist Party.
Pope Francis has called on Chinese bishops to show respect and loyalty to the ruling Chinese Communist Party as faithful “members of the Chinese people.”
The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, published an article Sunday in Italian, English, and Chinese, saying that the pope has invited “all the Bishops to renew their total adherence to Christ and to the Church.”
At the same time, “as members of the Chinese people, they are obliged to show respect and loyalty to the civil authorities.”
The article stated that this is how the bishops are to understand the words of Jesus: “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Mt 22:21).
If the Chinese Communist Party had its way there would be no Catholic Church.
Communists believe you worship the state, not Christ.
Millions of Catholics were horrified that Francis would speak up for a brutal regime that jails and tortures Christians.
This misstep, coming on the heels of Francis covering up sexual abuse allegations against his allies, is getting to be too much for many Catholics.
You can expect the calls for his resignation to only increase.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story