Religion

Pope Francis’ election “invalid”, says Italian Catholic writer

In the book “Non è Francesco” published by Mondadori, the influential Catholic writer and thinker Antonio Socci argues that Pope Francis’ election was invalid due to a procedural violation in the counting of the votes, quoting the Argentinian journalist and Vatican expert Elisabetta Piqué.

Mr Socci’s argument is complex, being based on insider information and Canon law.

Politically, however, its stance highlights the discontent of Italian conservative Catholics towards the current Pope, deemed too leftist and too reform-minded. Mr Socci himself accused the Pope of being too diplomatic about the persecution against Christians in Iraq and of neglecting the traditional Catholic battles in matters of family legislation and bioethics.

Moreover, Mr Socci has some ties with the Catholic movement Communion and Liberation, who was hoping for Cardinal Angelo Scola to succeed Pope Benedict XVI.

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