A former Catholic bishop has called on Pope Francis to heed his own advice to pray more frequently.
In a letter to the Vatican’s chief doctrinal officer, Monsignor John J. Paul II, Cardinal Raymond Burke said he wanted the Pope to stop preaching the gospel through rosaries.
The cardinal, who has often been accused of preaching the faith in a way that does not appeal to the Church’s more liberal elements, wrote: “If you want to live a good life, you need to be faithful to the teachings of the Bible.”
The letter was published Friday by the newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.
The Vatican has been in crisis after the death of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who died in March at age 81 after a decade as head of the Vatican City archdiocese.
Burke said he had spoken to Romero’s successor, Archbishop Giovanni Spadaro, who “has told me that we need to stop practicing the rosary.
Burke’s comments came as the Vatican was hit by a series of scandals, including the resignation of two high-ranking bishops and the dismissal of the archbishop of Milan, who is accused of sexually abusing two priests.