Pope Francis addressed his conservative critics in the Church in an upcoming candid interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes.”

Pope Francis characterized conservatives as those who “cling to something and do not want to see beyond that,” calling this mindset a “suicidal attitude.

During the interview, Pope Francis discussed his critics in the US, particularly among conservative bishops who have opposed his reforms. He emphasized that there is a distinction between taking tradition into account and being “closed up inside a dogmatic box.”

The interview also covered other important topics such as the wars in Israel and Gaza, Ukraine, migration crises, and the Church’s handling of abuse scandals.

“What I allowed was not to bless the union. That cannot be done because that is not the sacrament,” saying the blessing is for “everyone.”

The full interview will be broadcast on May 19 from 7-8 p.m. ET. A special hourlong segment will air on May 20 at 10 p.m. ET.

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