Progressives who under the papacies of Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict, constantly decried their backwardness, now are crying foul with orthodox Catholics voicing concern for Pope Francis’ backwardness to the 1970’s.
Yes, both progressive and orthodox Catholics are not very nice, sometimes, in their criticism. It may well be a mortal sin against charity.
But we are maturing, awkwardly, in not deferring to a particular pope when His Holiness acts in an arbitrary and authoritarian way, not only with matters of discipline but now with matters of faith and morals and then manipulating an outcome by saying the Holy Spirit is leading us in denying what He (the Holy Spirit) had previously led the Church.
When this happens, healthy critique of a particular pope and the institution of the papacy, which has no checks and balances, is needed and ways to remedy it must be found.
On his high altitude “talking too much” on the way to silent Mongolia, the Holy Father may have exacerbated the rage in the Ukraine towards His Holiness and then he tells Americans to move on from their rage toward him from insults hurled at unnamed American Catholics. And he says diplomacy is hard.
All of it is in CRUX: