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Cardinals Burke graciously poses for a selfie Cardinals Burke graciously poses for a selfie
Melinda Barton | 10 February, 2017, 02:55

We hear you loud and clear, Pope Francis.

A transcript of questions and answers from the pope's three-hour meeting with members of the Union of Superiors General last November was published February 9 by the Jesuit-run journal, La Civilta Cattolica. "No leader, especially a religious leader, has the right to question another man's religion or faith".

Youth and the need for better priestly formation were both big topics, he said, but explained that for him personally, discernment was also a big issue to address.

"You look for the will of God following the true doctrine of the Gospel and not in the fixations of an abstract doctrine", the pope told the superiors.

The story driving the conversation is a front-page piece in the New York Times that says Bannon "bonded" with one of Francis' fiercest critics, a U.S. cardinal named Raymond Burke, on a trip to Rome in 2014.

"No tyranny finds support without tapping into our fears", he said. "But there are others that are born not from a charism of the Holy Spirt, but human charisma, from charismatic people who attract others by their alluring human skills. A Christian would never say 'you will pay for that.' Never".

"When they tell me that there is a Congregation that draws so many vocations, I must confess that I worry".

The Holy Spirit "is not triumphalist", he said, saying the attitude doesn't mesh well with a life of prayer, and that instead, God's style is to carry the cross "until the Lord says 'enough'".

Bingo Dickerson and Melinda Borelle RN with Cardinal Burke
Bingo Dickerson and Melinda Borelle RN with Cardinal Burke

In it, the erstwhile Jorge Bergoglio reveals how feelings of anxiety he sometimes experienced while he was bishop of Buenos Aires disappeared following his elevation to the papacy. The stories center on allegations that Bannon, a Catholic, has joined forces with the pope's conservative critics within the church in order to torpedo the pontiff's agenda.

One of the superiors present asked Pope Francis why he chose a series of Marian themes for the local celebrations of World Youth Day in 2017 and 2018, as well as for the global gathering in Panama in 2019. "They're not Christians, but they're good, our brothers and sisters".

"No, not that Madonna", he said, noting that "the real Madonna is the one who generates Jesus in our hearts, a Mother". "Life is also about misunderstandings and tensions. Let us pray for them", he said.

Asked at the meeting about his serenity, Francis said "No, I do not take tranquilizing pills!"

In 2016 Pope Francis signed an official papal decree whereunder Catholic bishops and other senior officials neglecting investigation into child sexual abuse by priests would be sacked.

"From the moment I was elected I had a very particular feeling of profound peace".

The 80-year-old says his secret for dealing with stress is to write down all his problems in letters to Saint Joseph.

He said he puts notes about unsolved problems next to a statue of St. Joseph in his bedroom and joked: "Now he is sleeping under a mattress of notes". I always sleep six hours. It never leaves me. Mass every day. The rosary. I am at peace. My peace is a gift from the Lord.