VATICAN CITY – A cardinal that was dismissed from a senior Vatican post of Pope Francis, has written his own "sign of faith" in the recent attack on the authority of the forehead by a leading member of the conservative wing of the Church.
Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, 71
He said "many bishops, priests, religious and lay people" had requested it. He didn't say how many and why he issued it now.
However, Conservatives beat this week when Francis made the first tour of a Pope to the Arabian Peninsula and signed a "Human Brotherhood Document" with a Muslim religious leader
Ultra-Conservative Catholics oppose dialogue with Islam, of which Some say the ultimate goal is to destroy the West.
The Manifesto dated February 10, the sixth anniversary of the day of former Pope Benedict's announcement of his resignation Benedict, 91, remains an icon of conservative Catholics.
Mueller said he wrote it "in the face of growing confusion about the teachings of faith".
He said that some Church leaders "have left the people entrusted to them, disturbing them and seriously harming their faith". He warned against "fraud from the (ant) Christ".
Mueller, who did not mention the Pope, is one of a handful of conservative cardinals who have blatantly blamed Francis for confusion.
They say he weakens Catholic rules on moral issues such as homosexuality and divorce while focusing too much on social issues such as climate change and economic inequality.
Their leader is Raymond Leo Burke, 70, an American buried from a senior Vatican position in 2014.
Mueller has strengthened his criticism of the Pope when Francis removed him as the leader of the Vatican Congregation for Faith Doctrine in 2017.
Most of the manifesto was a mention of Church doctrine, including several which Francis himself strongly maintained, such as celibacy for priests and prohibition of women's ordination.
However, a section was a distinct nap on Francis' extension to Catholics who divorced and married outside the Church
Francis believes that some should be allowed to receive fellowship on a case by case basis, something that is anathema to conservatives.
The Vatican has not commented on the document.