Conservative cardinals step up pope challenge

Conservative cardinals step up pope challengeFour conservative cardinals who have publicly challenged Pope Francis over his reforms of Catholic Church teaching have published a letter escalating the row. The red-hatted “Princes of the Church” had sent a first letter to the Argentine pontiff at the end of last year in which they questioned the head of the Roman Catholic Church over his teachings on the family. The ringleader, American Raymond Burke, publicly warned Francis it may be necessary to make a highly rare “formal act of correction” if he did not answer the letter — a bold and almost unheard of challenge to the pope’s authority.

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