Folks we are in new territory created by Pope Francis' exceptionally polarizing papacy. For cardinals and other bishops to public criticize the pope and actually want to correct His Holiness is unprecedented in modern times. The silence of the pope in the face of such public criticism is not new. His Holiness answers to no human person. Perhaps this must change, for at its core is the problem Pope Francis as diagnosed as a disease. That disease is clericalism. In Pope Francis case, since he is the pope, it is Supreme Clericalism.
This is a Rome Report editorial which merits consideration: