From The Guardian, Saturday 17 December 2016 07.00 GMT
Instead, the Pope has been quietly moving to restore a more moderate tone to the church. He has just sacked all the conservatives from the body that governs Catholic worship. He bypassed the three leading rightwing US archbishops who expected red hats when he created 19 new cardinals last month. And the head of the Vatican’s main working court this week declared that the four cardinal critics could be stripped of their red hats.