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Tuesday October 6, 2015

Francis Denies He's an "Anti-Pope"

by Christopher A. Ferrara

“Maybe I have given an impression of being a little bit to the left,” Pope Francis admitted during his in-flight press conference on the way from Cuba to the United States. “But if they want me to recite the Creed, I can!”  This curiously flippant remark came in the context of the Pope mentioning a cardinal who had told him of a woman who believes that he is “the anti-pope” because “he renounced the red shoes, which are so historic.”  The concerns of people who view Francis as an anti-Pope are a bit weightier than his refusal of the red shoes in favor of custom-made orthotics. What is absolutely remarkable, however, is that the Pope himself would casually air such an accusation against him.

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Christopher A. Ferrara is an attorney specializing in First Amendment and other civil rights litigation on behalf of Catholics. His articles and commentary on Catholic Church affairs have appeared in The Latin Mass magazine, The Remnant, Christian Order, Catholic Family News, The Fatima Crusader magazine and elsewhere. He is co-author (with Thomas Woods) of The Great Facade, a widely acclaimed analysis of changes in the Church since Vatican II. He and his wife Wendy, a convert from Protestantism, have six children.

James W. Bannister was born in Toronto, Canada and earned degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Toronto. He practiced law in Canada for 12 years, then moved into business management consulting, training and teaching. Jim has taught and practiced the art of communication for nearly a quarter of a century, working in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He was a convert to Catholicism before Vatican II and is dedicated to restoring the Church to what it was when he was baptized. He has been working with Our Lady's Apostolate since 1990.