Papal Preacher Says Catholics’ Political Divisions Have ‘Wounded’ the Church

Papal Preacher Says Catholics’ Political Divisions Have ‘Wounded’ the Church


ROME – The preacher of the papal household railed against political divisions that “polarize Catholics” in his homily on Christ’s passion and death Friday.

“What is the most common cause of the bitter divisions among Catholics? It is not dogma, nor is it the sacraments and ministries, none of the things that by God’s singular grace we fully and universally preserve,” said Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa in the Good Friday service in Saint Peter’s Basilica.

“The divisions that polarize Catholics stem from political options that grow into ideologies taking priority over religious and ecclesial considerations and leading to complete abandon of the value and the duty of obedience in the Church,” he warned during the evening ceremony, attended by Pope Francis and a handful of clergy and members of the faithful.

“In many parts of the world, these divisions are very real, even though they are not openly talked

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