Pope Francis is hardly a radical, but Catholic reactionaries are gunning for him in a power struggle for the Church’s future direction

Pope Francis is hardly a radical, but Catholic reactionaries are gunning for him in a power struggle for the Church’s future direction

Pope Francis is locked in a bitter struggle with conservative and reactionary forces in the Roman Catholic Church who have conducted a sometimes mutinous campaign to curb him

Pope Francis, despite his unflappable and affable demeanour, is locked in a bitter struggle with conservative and reactionary forces in the Roman Catholic Church who have conducted a sometimes mutinous campaign to curb him.

While hundreds of thousands of Irish Catholics are eagerly and enthusiastically awaiting his visit, a vociferous minority of Irish church traditionalists, egged on by American reactionaries, are also waiting for him – in the long grass.

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