A nice article in the “American Catholic” manages to point out, in a short space, one trait of this pontificate that more and more people are noticing: the resentment and divisiveness of a Pope who is using the Papacy to settle some bills; bills, I add, certainly accumulated as he spent a life aware of how people despised him for being, not to put too fine a point on it, a fraud.
The article goes on with another half-funny reflection on the legacy of this papacy, and reaches the conclusion that the longer this papacy will be, the bigger the damage it will cause: possible schism if very long, chaos if of mid duration, and hopefully soon forgotten if the man kicks the bucket – or otherwise frees the Chair of Peter from his heretical, rapidly enlarging backside – pretty soon.
It is, to me, a source of ever renewed satisfaction to see that what only a handful of us was saying some twelve or fifteen months ago is now rapidly becoming mainstream knowledge: a Pope who hates Catholics and likes all those who have no intention of becoming such; nay, positively hate the Church. A petty man, of no intellectual or spiritual value, but in possession of an astonishing dose of hypocrisy, allowing him to sink in populism and easy slogans in a way that would have had even Paul VI blush and lower hid head in shame.
The way this works is that as more and more Catholic publications pick up the story and decide to talk about the elephant in the room, the mainstream media find it more and more difficult to ignore – as they would certainly like to – the reality around them, and must face the brutal fact of a Pope who hates Catholics, and certainly isn't liked by those among them with solid Catholic credentials. Actually, it can now be safely said that how you like Francis is the best indicator of how sound a Catholic you are.
Result? This papacy is drowning in divisiveness and criticism, and an old man with a lot of bile but without much of a brain seems unwilling or unable to restrain himself; so bitter is his resentment against everything that is Catholic, and against all those who have seen, a long time ago, what a joke of a religious he was.
May your Papacy be short, Your Hypocrisy.
You will not be missed.