Is Pope Francis, a Polarizing Figure for Catholic Hard-liners, Ready for the Coming Schism?
The undiscriminating, reform-minded people’s pontiff faces growing resistance from conservative factions within the Church. The prospect of a split is not to be ignored. What keeps popes up at night if not the prospect of schism? No pontiff wants such a thing on his watch. After all, the Bishop of Rome is enjoined – by divine authority no less – to keep the Body of Christ unified. So it would be a big black mark on a papal CV if it were allowed to happen
Higgins, M. W. (2022, April 15). Is Pope Francis, a polarizing figure for Catholic hard-liners, ready for the coming schism? The Globe and Mail. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-is-pope-francis-a-polarizing-figure-for-catholic-hard-liners-ready-for/