The excellent journalist Marco Tosatti has listed on his blog four instances in which Pope Francis has palpably lied in public. Tosatti says that this is – quote – “at least for me, a motive of great sadness.”
The most recent case is when Pope Francis commented on the question whether Bishop Barros of Osorno knew about the homosexual abuses of the Chilean Father Fernando Karadima. Francis said that possible witnesses did not show up while he was visiting in Chile. But according to Tosatti, the witnesses had asked to meet Francis but he did not receive them, meeting instead with other presumable victims.
Tosatti remembers another case when Pope Francis claimed that he does not fire anybody without having heard the person. However when the late Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, was removed from his position, he spent two weeks in Rome asking for a meeting with Francis. His efforts were in vain.
Tosatti then recalls when Francis fired three collaborators of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, against the will of then Prefect Cardinal Müller. Asked about the case, Francis replied referring to one of them, “Yes, the director of the disciplinary office of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has changed, he was excellent but a bit tired and he returned to his country to do the same job for the bishops there.” But Tosatti says that this monsignor was neither tired nor did he wish to return to his country.