By Phil Lawler | Feb 10, 2017
“It’s good to be criticized,” said Pope Francis to religious superiors. “I have always liked this.”
That’s good to know. What a relief to think that all those stories we’ve been hearing—about the Vatican officials called in for tongue-lashing because they had expressed criticism of the Holy Father, the staff members of the CDF summarily dismissed for the same reason—must be wrong. And the angry speeches to the Roman Curia must have been misreported and/or misinterpreted.
But that’s not all. Pope Francis went on to tell the religious superiors: “And when criticisms make you grow, I accept them, and reply.”
So if, say, four cardinals criticize a papal document for ambiguity, and ask for a clarification, we can safely assume that he would reply.
Or maybe there are some criticisms that don’t “make you grow.” I wonder how one can tell the difference.