Pope Francis continues berating those who follows rules set forth by the Church:
“This has also happened in the history of the Church! Think of poor Joan of Arc: today she is a Saint! She was burnt at the stake because she was considered a heretic… the inquisitors, those who followed the rules, those Pharisees: they were far from the love of God. And closer in time to us think of the Blessed Antonio Rosmini: all of his writings were placed upon the Index. You could not read them; it was considered a sin to read them. Today he is a Blessed. In the History of God with his people the Lord sent forth the prophets to tell His people that He loved them. In the Church, the Lord sends forth the Saints. And it is the Saints who carry forward the life of the Church, not the powerful, not the hypocrites: the Saints”.
In regard to Joan of Arc she was condemned not because her inquisitors were following the rules but because they were not. Her trial was a travesty as her Rehabilitation Trial made clear:
Inquisitor of the faith Jean Bréhal examined the illegality of procedures. These included the following: lack of defense counsel, the youth of the defendant, mortal hatred on the part of her judges, leading questions intended to entrap her, the secular rather than ecclesiastical prison, the location of the trial, omission of evidence favorable to her case and omission of eyewitness testimonies.
When the law is not followed it is almost always the weak and penniless who pay the price. Pope Francis has a strong dichotomy in his mind between rules and mercy, but without rules and laws mercy is a mere useless sentiment. The mercy that Christ calls us to is a rule also, something that the Pope does not discern.