Talk about turning the other cheek. Pope Francis has been in the news lately for not being conservative enough for many Catholics, so he responded by calling one of his most vocal critics — and thanking him.
Mario Palmaro recently wrote an article titled "We Do Not Like This Pope," which suggested that Francis was more concerned with winning over the hearts of minds of pundits than staying true to traditional Catholic doctrine.
The pope's response? He called Mr. Palmaro on Nov. 1 and said that it was important for him to receive such criticisms, according to LifeSiteNews.
"I was astonished, amazed, above all moved: for me, as a Catholic, that which I was experiencing was one of the most beautiful experiences in my life," Mr. Palmaro said of the phone call, which the pope also used to express concern for the author's battle with cancer.
When the writer tried to clarify the motivations for his recent work, the pope cut him off.
"The Pope almost did not let me finish the sentence," Mr. Palmaro. The pontiff said "that he had understood that those criticisms had been made with love, and how important it had been for him to receive them."
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