September 25, 2018
By Charlie Moore
– Anonymous cardinal made the comments to German magazine Der Spiegel
– He said: ‘The pope preaches mercy, but in reality he is ice-cold and cunning’
– Was referring to claims Francis knew about abuse allegations but did nothing
Pope Francis has been branded an ‘ice-cold, cunning Machiavellian’ and a ‘liar’ by one of his cardinals, a German magazine reports.
The anonymous cardinal made the comments in a bombshell interview with Der Spiegel for its 19-page report on the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal.
He said: ‘The pope preaches mercy, but in reality he is an ice-cold, cunning Machiavellian, and, what is worse – he lies.’
The cardinal was referring to claims that Francis knew about sexual abuse allegations against US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick long before he admitted he was aware of them or took any action.
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