Vilnius, Lithuania: Pope Francis called himself the devil in a recent interview with Polish photographer, Grzegorz Galazka. The comment was tongue-in-cheek, but with more than a half dozen major Protestant Confessions calling the Bishop of Rome the “Anti-Christ,” the comment is disconcerting to some. Having been given a book by Galazka with Pope John Paul II on the cover, Francis said…
“[Pope John Paul II] was a saint, I am the devil.”
Galazka corrected the Pope, saying, “No, you are both saints! You are both saints!”
Some believe that Francis’ comment acknowledges that he has critics, especially the conservative Catholics who desire a return to what they perceive to be more orthodox tenures of John Paul and Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. Francis’ approval numbers are down to their lowest levels since he took the Vatican office, mostly because of accusations of heresy by conservative Catholics and the growing sex abuse scandal of which he is a part.
[HT ABC News]