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Mexican archdiocese claims Pope was misinformed

Pope Francis kneels before a priest to confess, during a penitential liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Friday, March 4, 2016. (Max Rossi/Pool Photo via AP)
Pope Francis kneels before a priest to confess, during a penitential liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Friday, March 4, 2016. (Max Rossi/Pool Photo via AP)

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s main archdiocese has taken the unusual step of publicly saying Pope Francis had been badly advised when directed harsh words to local bishops during his visit in mid-February.

The pope told a gathering of local bishops in February not to be career-minded clerics, saying, “We do not need ‘princes,’ but rather a community of the Lord’s witnesses.”

The pope also urged them to maintain unity and show more transparency. “If you have to fight, fight. If you have to say things, say them, but do it like men: to the face,” Francis told the bishops.

An editorial published Sunday on a website of the archdiocese of Mexico City said that some of the pope’s comments had been misinterpreted by “reporters more focused on histrionics than the deep meaning of the words.”

“The Mexican bishops have been accompanying the suffering, downtrodden people, devoting their lives to others and not living like ‘princes,’” the editorial said.

It denies local bishops were out of touch with the people, and says the pope’s comments “might be due to someone near him who gave him bad advice.”

The editorial ends with the question: “Who gave the pope bad advice?”

Read more at WashingtonPost.com…

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