Rocco Palma in his post today which you can read by pressing Whispers in the Loggia, here.
But this is a quote from his post that I think hits the nail on the head:
there's nothing new under the sun – a sense of qualms among some of the
Apostles about Peter and his means of wielding the Keys stretches back
to the church's very foundations. Still, in recent times, it's very new:
for all the talk of Vatican II of late, in reality you'd have to go
back to the infallibility debates of Vatican I (1869-70) to find the last time the Catholic world saw such an exposed contrast of thought among its leaders on the papacy.
In the current context, however, there is one key difference: the fights over what became Pastor æternus focused on the role of the Petrine office. This time around, the flashpoint is the man who holds it.
My final comment: I love Pope Francis because of his Italianess. My first cousin from Italy says he's the kind of pope she wouldn't mind inviting to her house for dinner, he's like one of the family.
There's nothing wrong with that and I love Pope Francis' pastoral touches. But it is becoming too much of the "cult of the personality" even more so than that of Pope St. John Paul II who had similar traits in this regard. Pope Benedict of course did not create the cult of the personality and suffered because of it in the press and with rank and file Catholics who prefer a populist pope rather than one whose personality fades to the background so that the office of the papacy comes to the fore.
Domagtizing pastoral theology is fraught with dangers. And making oneself the center of any formal ministry of the Church, be it the Bishop of Rome, any other bishop, priest, deacon or religious can only do harm in the long run and not benefit unity of bishops or the people of God.