All the rancor in the Church, especially toward the pope by high and low prelates, clergy, religious and laity is, to be frank, (no pun intended) unsavory and sickening.
Stridently orthodox Catholics, although heterodox in their criticism of the pope, are defenestrated but the entire German Church and their high prelates who are heterodox, approve public, marital type, blessings of those in immoral sexual unions, goes with merely a slap on the wrist and usually because they are moving faster to heterodoxy than the papal synodal way. They are getting ahead of it.
But that Pope Francis would communicate to a left-leaning reporter a clarifying remark on his defenestration of Burke, that the pope did not call him an enemy of his, is just plain untoward! It contributes to the gossip about Burke, and at this point it is just gossip, since the pope has not said officially through official channels what the pope has done to Burke. It is all gossip and appears to be intended gossip by the pope. The duplicity is that Pope Francis has condemned gossip over and over again while enabling it and using it himself!
But here is a good commentary on another papal mess sure to polarize the Church and the hierarchy even more than what Pope Francis has already accomplished: