October 23, 2019
By Charlie Bradley
POPE FRANCIS is allegedly facing a multi-layered threat to his papacy from the conservative wing of the Catholic Church, with multiple figures and organisations attempting to thwart his progressive and unconventional policy – but he has received a message of support from enigmatic faction Opus Dei.
Opus Dei had a friendly relationship with Francis’ predecessor Pope Benedict XVI, But Francis’ methods represent a contrast to previous conventions in the Catholic Church. The Vatican has seen a more progressive tenure with cardinals being appointed from less recognised churches to represent all corners of Catholicism across the globe. This led to speculation over a rift between Opus Dei and the new pope, with Wayne Madsen writing in his article for Strategic Culture Foundation that the organisation conspired with other conservatives in the Vatican to undermine Francis.
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