Cardinal William Levada

Cardinal William Levada

November 18, 2013

The retired head of the Vatican’s doctrinal congregation said some media portrayals of Pope Francis risk making him appear as a sign of division in the Church.

Speaking to The Irish Catholic newspaper, Cardinal William Levada said, “I think there is a tendency – maybe it’s natural, although, sometimes I think it’s either mistaken or malicious or something in between – but there’s a tendency to look at everything he (Pope Francis) does in contrast to Pope Benedict XVI or Pope John Paul II or both, and try to make a story out of that.”

Levada rejected a “certain tendency that I find in some of the media presentations: ‘Well, now we have a pope who does this, and he’s contradicting what the previous pope did or he’s turning things into a different story’ and so forth. I think that’s way overdone.”