“Pope Francis Has Great Enemies, Like Donald Trump Or Salvini”

“There are sectors, episcopates, of different countries such as the United States, Germany, Spain, even in Argentina where I believe that not all bishops follow the same line of Francisco because there are people who think things from another perspective because they have another perspective of the reality and also of the Gospel ”
            “They do not understand that (Francisco) is a pastor and, as Pontiff, is still a pastor”

The Argentine Nobel Peace Prize winner, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, said that Pope Francis has “many enemies” in the world, both inside and outside the Church, and, among them, he mentioned the president of the United States, Donald Trump, and to the former Italian Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini.

The Supreme Pontiff, remarked the great defender of human rights in Argentina and Latin America, has “great enemies, including the president of the United States, Donald Trump or Salvini who even rented a castle on the outskirts of Rome and equipped it with the object of giving, almost, a coup d’etat in the Vatican. “

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In an interview published last weekend by the newspaper La Nación de Paraguay, Pérez Esquivel said that “Trump considers him an enemy to Francisco.”

Ratzinger pursued Liberation Theology

The Nobel laureate in 1980, who for years has had a great friendship with Jorge Bergoglio, said that “there are sectors, organizations, bishops, archbishops or cardinals who disagree with the Pope and are closer to Ratzinger ( Joseph Aloisius, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) than of Francis. “

That’s where there are positions that are different. Ratzinger is an extraordinary intellectual but not a pastor. He is a great theologian but he is a man who pursued Liberation Theology. He tried to pigeonhole and lock up the whole Church

According to La Nación, for Pérez Esquivel what Francisco does “is to open” the Church.

“His papacy opens to ecumenism in a very concrete way to approach and recognize the differences that could be there to try to see, clearly, the meeting points in spirituality with both Judaism and Islam. Try to understand diversity in unity “he emphasized.

In an exclusive interview conducted by Argentine journalist Ricardo Rivas, Pérez Esquivel said that “there are sectors, episcopates, of different countries such as the United States, Germany, Spain, even in Argentina where I believe that not all bishops follow the same line of Francisco because there are people who think things from another perspective because they have another perspective of reality and also of the Gospel. “

Those people, he said, “do not understand that (Francisco, NDR) is a pastor and, as Pontiff, is still a pastor. He is not a prince of the Church. He is a servant. He does not assume the papacy as a monarchical figure.”

Jesus did not look for celibates

And then he charged certain men of the Church because “there are people in the Vatican who live as princes” and stressed that after the meeting on the Amazon, it has emerged that “it is necessary to order married priests or recognize married priests in those places where there is no priests. “

And that, said Pérez Esquivel, “is a serious problem within the Church because many take celibacy as a doctrine. It is not. Jesus did not look for celibates. Peter had his family.”

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