Who would have thought that a blog close to the pope would recognize the concern of many faithful Catholics in high and low places that Pope Francis at best is a heretic and at worse is a Protestant????
Yet this article from the Vatican Insider, which you can read the entire article by pressing here, acknowledges this Twilight Zone reality while rebuffing it ultimately. Yes, this is a peculiar time in the history of the Church which we can pray is only a blip on the radar screen and will die when the aging 1960's Catholics now in their 70's 80's and 90's die off, which they will and soon.
This is but an excerpt from the longer article:
“Francis’ controversial innovation does not involve moral theology per se, but rather ecclesiology and the interpretation of canon law”
But the question is not merely academic, for it lies at the very heart of current debates surrounding Pope Francis’ theology. Is Francis advocating positions that definitively undermine the very tradition of which he is its preeminent interpreter? His most vociferous critics fear exactly that; and Francis’ frequent juxtaposition of law versus reality, law versus gospel, seem to substantiate their concern that he is destroying essential Catholic doctrine. Or, is Francis merely innovating in ways that constitute a valid trajectory within a legitimate diversity of options, available in the broader tradition?