Vatican Hardliners Have ‘Secret Plan’ To Oust Pope Francis

The effort began days after the pope's predecessor died and tries put Francis "under such stress that he will have to resign," according to reports.

At a glance

  • Vatican conservatives consider Francis too critical of capitalism and too liberal on illegal immigration.
  • Francis’ predecessor, Benedict XVI, died Dec. 31, 2022.
  • “The secret plan will be formulated on various axes and phases, but it will have one objective – to place the pontificate under such stress that Francis will have to resign,” an Italian cardinal on Sunday told La Stampa newspaper.

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