What is interesting about this pope and his psychology is that he has often asked the rank and file Catholics of the world, not to mention those who work the closest with His Holiness in the Vatican not to be chiacchieroni. (In this context, chatterboxes/chiacchieroni would refer to gossips with or without malicious intent.) Implied in this is that His Holiness is actually accusing them of being chiacchieroni, which is a kind of slap down and a judgmental description. His comments about others may well be a projection of his own vice onto others?
Most authentically traditional (in the best sense of the term) and orthodox (in the best sense of the term) Catholics have wanted Pope Francis to succeed and we want him to be successful as pope. Being a populist and adored by the media does not necessarily reflect success. I happen to believe that in terms of teaching and personally upholding the dignity of the office of the Successor of St. Peter and Supreme Pontiff while still being every much the Bishop of Rome, Pope Benedict XVI was much more successful. He simply was too hands off when it came to the administration of the Vatican and overly trusting of those he asked to act for him in this regard. He made some major mistakes in his selection of those he asked to act in his name.
So here are some thoughts on Pope Francis by a very good practicing Catholic who is also a politician and hated by many because he is a good, practicing Catholic, Senator Rick Santorum as reported by Newsmax:
Rick Santorum: 'Very Difficult to Listen to' Pope FrancisPotential Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said he often finds it "very difficult" to listen to Pope Francis, particularly when he makes "off the cuff" and impromptu comments, such as he did when he commented to reporters on a Monday flight from the Philippines that the ban on contraception does not mean Catholics should breed like rabbits.
"Sometimes very difficult to listen to the Pope and some of the things he says off the cuff, and this is one of them," Santorum, a devout Catholic, said Tuesday during an appearance on "The Hugh Hewitt" radio program.
"When he speaks as the leader of the Catholic Church, I’ll certainly pay attention. But when he speaks in interviews, he’s giving his own opinions, which I certainly will listen to, but from my perspective, that doesn’t reflect the idea that people shouldn’t be fruitful and multiply, and that people should be open to life as something that is a core value of the faith and of the Catholic Church," said the former Pennsylvania senator.
"No, well look, the bottom line is that’s not going to happen. I don’t think anyone who seriously looks at this believes that it’s not possible to happen. I mean, the Pope is the Pope, but the Pope has a lot of other people around him who advise him. And you know, the most important thing is that as a Catholic, I believe he has the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit isn’t going to let him make that kind of mistake," he contended.
Today, Pope Francis, who was back in Rome, appeared to clarify his remarks, saying "it gives consolation and hope to see so many numerous families who receive children as a real gift of God. They know that every child is a benediction," according to CBS News.
At the time, Santorum argued that Francis' comments had been taken out of context.
"I’ve read the whole transcript, and what he said early on was that ‘I don’t know anybody who puts gay on their identification card.’ He said it in that context. I think all believers need to understand that we need to respect and love everybody and treat everybody with dignity and respect. There’s no room for harshness in respect to this issue — but that doesn’t mean the church doesn’t have the right to believe what is right and wrong," he asserted in an interview with Buzzfeed.
Santorum has previously expressed excitement about Pope Francis' approach to leadership.
In a March 2014 appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," Santorum told host Chuck Todd that he thought he is "a humble man" and that "he lives the faith out in his own personal life. ... He's here to be a shepherd; he isn't here to be a scold. I think that's a good thing for the Church and for the world, frankly," according to Huffington Post.