Philip F. Lawler

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Exclusive Excerpt — Philip F. Lawler’s ‘Lost Shepherd: How Pope Francis Is Misleading His Flock’

The following is an exclusive excerpt from Philip F. Lawler’s new book, Lost Shepherd: How Pope Francis Is Misleading His Flock. In the passage below, Lawler’s describes a secret progressive lobby in the Vatican known in its circles as the “St. Gallen Mafia.” As Lawler explains, lobbying for the election of a pope is gravely forbidden under Catholic canon law and has a punishment of excommunication.

Pope Francis looks on at the end of a private audience with President of Sierra Leone at the Vatican, on November 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / TONY GENTILE (Photo credit should read TONY GENTILE/AFP/Getty Images)