Meet The Monolith.
I seem to understand, from blog posts I read around, that the problem of Traditionalists harshly criticising the Pope would be that they bring other Catholics outside of the Church.
With all due respect: poppycock.
I know of many blogs and Internet outlets which, whilst rightfully harsh with the old Sixty-Eighter now in charge, uphold the Catholic faith at every step, and encourage all those confused by TMAHICH to do the same.
Where do the doubts and confusion of the faithful come from? From the fear of seeing the faith of their grandmother being declared passé, and the secular mentality raised to the rank of New And Improved Catholicism, with papal approval.
How must these people react when they start surfing the Internet, and finally find outspoken Traditionalist blogs? I know the effect they had on me: immense relief, and encouragement to learn more about Catholicism.
Titius or Caius have been told by grandma that Catholicism is a monolith, a huge block of granite. Even when they lapsed, more or less openly, they still knew the monolith was there. Now Francis is declaring the monolith outmoded, and he offers excrements instead, saying that in the Age of Mercy the monolith is brown, and smells of sheep. Titius and Caius start browsing the Internet, and … there is it, the good old monolith! A huge block of granite, to which all the Traditionalist bloggers point and say: “look at it! An idiot is trying to scratch it with a fork! How do you think it is going to end?”
If the reader does not feel a huge sense of relief and consolation in finding his grandmother's monolith again, it means that he never cared for it much. On the contrary, for many the fear of the loss of the “old religion” will be a powerful motivation, once the monolith has been found again, to really start to like it.
Who would, then, be pushed away from Catholicism because of people criticising Francis? Those, evidently, who never liked the monolith in the first place. Those who are looking for an excuse to ditch the Church. Those for whom the monolith was immer too hard, and prefer Francis' soft excrements instead. Those for whom no truth can ever be allowed to be hard… to them.
No. Don't tell me that we do any damage. Francis does the damage. We merely try to minimise it as much as we can.
We introduce the huge block of granite to the confused faithful, and explain to them its beauty and its purpose; why it has to be hard, and why it will always be hard. But we try to make our best to let them grow in their appreciation of the huge monolith, so that those going around peddling excrements may not confuse them, and lead them astray.
Are we harsh in doing this? 'Course we are! Excrements stink mightily, too! Half words do not serve anyone in this situation. We are in a red alert, we can't pretend there's no need to sound all the alarm bells!
But that a disgraceful Pope should behave like no other Pope in History, and those who upheld the truths of our forefathers should be considered, they and not him, the danger for the Church, this truly is beyond the pale.