Jesuit Priest on Pope's Health: It's the ‘Beginning of the End’
Jesuit Father Thomas Reese said time 'is running out' for the Pope
Jesuit Father Thomas Reese has warned that Pope Francis' recent hospitalization has marked "the beginning of the end of his papacy."
Father Thomas Reese said time “is running out” for the Pope.
Father Reese, who recently urged his followers to support “pro-choice Democrats,” said Francis pontificate will only succeed “if he is followed by popes who are in sync with his approach to Catholicism, and this is not guaranteed."
“He has appointed sympathetic men to the College of Cardinals, but conclaves are unpredictable as his own election showed,” Reese warns.
The priest also made claims that Francis has treated his opponents “with the gentleness of a pastor who hopes for their conversion,” adding that he refuses to fire people."
But the remarks go against the fact that the Pope dumped both Cardinal Raymond Burke and Cardinal Gerhard Müller
“In short, Francis has rebranded the papacy for the 21st century with a pastoral, prophetic, and inclusive voice,” Reese asserts.
The priest also noted that following the Pope's recent surgery, "it will be miraculous if he is able to continue as pope for another five years.”
“We may look back at his hospitalization as the moment that marked the beginning of the end of his papacy,” he proposes.
Last week, Luis Badilla, the editor of Vatican news aggregator Il Sismografo, noted the severity of the Pope's health.
"There is a very significant detail that many underestimate, ignore, or manipulate,” he writes, namely that “the disease that has affected Pope Francis is severe and degenerative” and “could also be chronic.”
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“The Holy Father will certainly return to the Vatican to resume his path in the footsteps of Peter, but he will never be the same again,” Badilla insists.
The Pope ran into more health problems last week after he developed a fever following his operation.
Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said Pope Francis “temporarily ran a temperature" the evening prior.
“This morning, he underwent routine and microbiological examinations and a chest and abdomen scan, which proved negative,” Bruni said.