Cardinal Pell Authored Controversial Memo Critical of Pope Francis, Italian Journalist Reveals| National Catholic Register

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Sandro Magister revealed Wednesday that the late cardinal had been the author of a controversial memo about the next papal election. But at least one friend of Cardinal Pell’s has voiced skepticism.

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Cardinal George Pell (photo: Matthew Rarey / CNA)

Hannah Brockhaus/CNAVaticanJanuary 13, 2023

A Catholic journalist from Italy revealed Wednesday that Cardinal George Pell, who died on Jan. 10, had been the author of a controversial memo about the next papal election.

The anonymous memo was circulated among cardinals during Lent last year and made public by Sandro Magister on March 15, 2022.

Magister, a longtime Vatican journalist, revealed the identity of the document’s author on Jan. 11, the day after Cardinal Pell’s death from a cardiac arrest at the age of 81.

In an article about the Australian cardinal’s “last writings,” Magister wrote on his blog Settimo Cielo that “Pell was the author of that memorandum, signed ‘Demos,’ which was very critical of the pontificate of Francis.”

The funeral Mass of the Australian cardinal will be held in St. Peter’s Basilica on Jan. 14. Pope Francis will preside over the rites of Final Commendation and farewell, as he does for all cardinals who die in Rome.

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Cardinal Pell Authored Controversial Memo Critical of Pope Francis, Italian Journalist Reveals| National Catholic Register

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