Pope Francis speaks to journalists aboard his flight from Rome to Yerevan, Armenia, June 24. Answering a reporter's question at the Vatican on July third, the Pope says critics won't stop him from pursuing his vision for the Church. CNS photo/Paul Haring

Pope says critics won't stop him from pursuing vision for church

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  • July 5, 2016

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis said he will continue pressing for a church that is open and understanding despite opposition from some clerics who "say no to everything."

"They do their work and I do mine," the Pope said when asked, "What is your relationship with ultraconservatives in the church?"

The question was posed by Joaquin Morales Sola, a journalist for the Argentine newspaper La Nacion, in an interview published July 3. The Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, published a translation of the interview July 5.

Most of the interview focused on issues related to Pope Francis' home country and his relationship with Argentine President Mauricio Macri – "I have no problem with President Macri," the Pope said in the interview.

But Morales also asked about internal church matters, including criticisms of the Pope.

"I want a church that is open, understanding, that accompanies families who are hurting," Pope Francis said.

Some church leaders do not agree with his approach, but "I continue my course without looking over my shoulder," he said, adding that he does not try to silence them. "I don't cut off heads. I've never liked doing that."

Besides, he said, he's the Pope. "You remove nails by putting pressure on the top. Or you set them aside to rest when they reach retirement age.”

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He has been called by God. To hold and teach the Catholic faith which comes to us from the Apostles. Anything else is apostasy. The pope cannot change what is not his.

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