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Authority: Catholic Church and Myanmar

authority: The moral authority of the pope stands, Burke asserted Wednesday, according to CTV. You can criticize what's said, what's not said, but the pope is not going to lose moral authority on this question here. Spokesman Greg Burke said Francis took seriously the advice given to him by the local Catholic Church, which urged him to toe a cautious line and not even refer to the Rohingya by name during his trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh, since the majority of people in Myanmar reject the term because the ethnic group is not a recognized minority in the country. Burke spoke as Francis neared the midpoint of his weeklong trip, which was in the works well before the Myanmar military launched what it called clearance operations in Rakhine state in response to attacks by a group of Rohingya militants against security positions in August. Rohingya in the camps have reported entire villages in Myanmar being burned and looted and women and girls raped. The campaign, denounced by the U.N. and the U.S. as ethnic cleansing, has forced more than 620,000 Rohingya to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh in the worst Asian refugee crisis in decades. ( As reported in the news.