Roman Catholics Who Don't Like Pope Told They Can Leave and Become Protestants

February 2020

An ironic bit of good advice coming from Italian Cardinal Gailtiero Bassetti, who told media at an annual meeting in Perugia, “Criticism is fine, but this destructivism, no. If someone doesn’t like this pope [Francis] let him say so, because he’s free to choose other paths.”[1] According to the article, this was “an unscripted outburst…express[ing] his frustration at mounting criticism of Pope Francis among [Roman] Catholics, suggesting that those who do not appreciate his style of teaching and government should embrace Protestantism.” That is some surprisingly good advice. All should “come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” (2 Corinthians 6:17); and “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4).

[1]Diane Montagna, “Italian Cardinal: Catholics Who Don’t Like Pope Francis Can Become Protestant,” LifeSite, January 29, 2020,, viewed February 11, 2020.