Vatican archbishop criticizes Pope

Talking about the slamming the door behind you on your way out. Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald was recently reassigned from heading the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue to become nuncio to Egypt, which most people saw as a demotion, perhaps because Pope Benedict didn’t like Fitzgerald’s role in the disastrous Assisi interreligious meetings. Then, Pope Benedict made Cardinal Paul Poupard, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture, also head of Interreligious Dialogue, leading some to think those councils would be merged.

Fitzgerald is apparently unhappy about that and is making his unhappiness with the Holy Father’s decision known. He told a seminar in Rome that inter-religious dialogue shouldn’t be seen as just another aspect of cultural discussions. That sounds rather mild, and perhaps it is by American standards where we’re used to seeing priests flaunt heretical opinions in the mass media. But in Rome, that’s a big no-no.

I wonder if this will have repercussions for him in his new job. The Holy Father doesn’t strike me as the type to remove Fitzgerald over this, but it could happen.

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