A senior Catholic cleric took a swipe at the press [or the Pope himself?] during an exchange with a Twitter follower late Friday.
Wilfried Cardinal Napier is the archbishop of Durban, South Africa. He also holds various offices in the Roman Curia, the Vatican bureaucracy, and is one of the African continent’s most prominent ecclesial figures.
“Thank God I live in Africa, where we base our faith on the Scriptures & Church Teaching, & not every papal interview!” he tweeted.
The cardinal was criticizing the largely secular global press that has tended to report the pontiff’s extemporaneous comments without sufficient theological context, often leaving the impression that the pope has undertaken major changes in Catholic belief.