The pope was once the figure that the Catholic Church looked to for answers. Why is Pope Francis changing that? On today’s show, author and Catholic World News editor Philip Lawler talked about his shift from Pope Francis admirer to critic as documented in his new book, “Lost Shepherd: How Pope Francis is Misleading His Flock.”
“The job of the pope is to unify Catholics, to unify bishops, and he does that by preserving what has always been taught by all Catholic leaders throughout the centuries,” Lawler explained.
When the pope starts questioning and changing things, he divides instead of uniting. Catholics should be able to look to the church to set standards, but Pope Francis famously asked in reference to gay people, “Who am I to judge?”
“Well, actually, you’re the pope,” Lawler pointed out. “He is raising questions rather than settling them. … A question goes to Rome and it comes back settled; now, the questions are coming from Rome.”