But the Holy Father has opened himself to the problems he is now experiencing when it comes to his populist approach that pleases the powers of the world who hate the clarity of Catholicism as it regards human sexuality and everything that flows from it.
I just don't know how the liberal press will deal with this other than ignore it and pretend it wasn't the pope that is saying these Catholic things:
PARIS — Pope Francis has been hailed for his forward thinking, but — at least according to French news reports — the pontiff has put on the brakes when it comes to a gay French ambassador at the Vatican.
In January, French President Francois Hollande nominated his protocol chief Laurent Stefanini as Vatican envoy to replace outgoing ambassador Bruno Joubert. The pick seemed ideal: 55-year-old Stefanini is described as brilliant and a devout Roman Catholic who secured support for his candidacy from Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, the archbishop of Paris. He is also a known quantity at the Vatican, having served as a top official at the French embassy to the Holy See a decade ago.
But so far, his nomination has gone nowhere. Last week, France’s investigative weekly Le Canard Enchaine reported that Pope Francis met with Stefanini last weekend. The message: The pontiff did not appreciate France’s 2013 same-sex marriage law, nor being pressured into accepting Stefanini’s candidacy.
The pope’s reaction, as reported in the media, appears to contrast starkly with his remarks two years ago in which he said, “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?”
Another French media report said that the unusual meeting between Stefanini and Francis — a pope rarely gets directly involved in the appointment of an ambassador — was friendly and lasted 40 minutes, and ended with the two men praying together.
“Nothing has changed,” government spokesman Stephane Le Foll told reporters. “France has proposed a candidate, and for the time being, we are waiting for the Vatican’s reply, after the usual discussions and review of his candidacy.”
Bernard Kouchner, France’s former foreign minister, has been more outspoken.
My final comment: It seems that the world (in the sense that John's Gospel uses the term) loves Pope Francis when they perceive His Holiness not to be Catholic!