Does anyone know who the pope is talking about in this morning’s homily?
“Also many philosophers of the Church have been persecuted. I think of one, right now, in this moment, not so far from us, a man of good will, a true prophet, who with his books reproached the Church for straying from the path of the Lord,” the Pope recalled.
“He was summoned quickly, his books were put on the index [blacklisted], they removed him from his seat and thus this man’s life ends — not too long ago. Some time has passed and today he is beatified! How is it that yesterday he was a heretic and today he is beatified? It is because yesterday those who had the power wanted to silence him, because they did not like what he said. Today the Church, that gives thanks to God and knows how to repent, says: ‘No, this man is good’. Even more, he is on the road to sainthood: he is beatified!”
Apparently he is a recent figure “not so far from us” who died “not long ago”; he “reproached the Church” with his books; his books were placed on the Index; he was condemned or censured for heresy; he was removed from an important position; and today he is beatified and “on the road to sainthood”.
Who is this man? I honestly have no idea.