In the Father Thomas Reese, SJ la la land summary of the good, the bad and the merciful of Pope Francis, ( press the link above for the National Chismatic Reporters, ncr, article) he says this:
I am a big fan of Francis, in part because I think that any evaluation of his first six years as pope shows that his accomplishments outweigh his failings.
First, his accomplishments.
Francis has successfully rebranded the Catholic Church, which had come to be regarded as a clerical institution that stressed rules and uniformity. If you wanted to be a good Catholic, you were given the catechism to memorize and told to follow the rules.
My comments: Of course this hearkens back to the 70's and the coloring book catechesis of that era. Keep them stupid and you can manipulate the hell out of them even to the point of convincing them that illicit sex with a priest is okay if the priest says it is okay, after all, you have no idea what the Church actually teaches and you don't need to follow the rules. Make it up as you go and according to circumstances and personal needs, no matter how perverted.
This is clericalism Fr. Reese. How else do bleeding heart progressives convince children and adults 2+2=5?
Progressives of his ilk decried Pope John Paul II's Catechism of the Catholic Church exactly for the reason that Fr. Reese writes above.
Yes, keep them stupid! You can manipulate them and even give them poison-laced Kool-Aide, because Kool-Aid tastes great, can't wait!