Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga preached his message to the Queen City Wednesday night.
He shares the mission of Pope Francis to minister to the poor and acceptance of reform within the Catholic Church.
“It is necessary for the new Pope to change some things,” Rodriguez said before a packed sanctuary at the Athenaeum of Ohio at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary of the West.
The Cardinal’s sermon wrapped up a five day visit to Cincinnati.
Outside, a much smaller crowd of traditional Catholics with Novus Ordo Watch led a peaceful protest of his visit.
Mario Derksen, a spokesperson for the group, said Rodriguez was not a true Cardinal and Pope Francis was a false Pope.
“We acknowledge Pius XII as the last legitimate Pope. It was after him that the Second Vatican Council was called and has really brought havoc on the faith of thousands, no millions, of Catholics,” Derksen said.
Derksen told WLWT News 5 there have been too many changes to the original Catholic faith and those changes have hurt Catholic membership and attendance around the world.
“Francis is not the first one to introduce all these changes and liberalization, but he is the most radical of them,” Derksen said.
Rodriguez is scheduled to leave Cincinnati Thursday morning and head to Los Angeles for a religious education conference.