The Washington Post, that resolutely views the world through American political battles, gloms on to the fact that not everyone in the Vatican is a fan of Pope Francis:
This month, Francis makes his first trip to the United States at a time when his progressive allies are heralding him as a revolutionary, a man who only last week broadened the power of priests to forgive women who commit what Catholic teachings call the “mortal sin” of abortion during his newly declared “year of mercy” starting in December. On Sunday, he called for “every” Catholic parish in Europe to offer shelter to one refugee family from the thousands of asylum-seekers risking all to escape war-torn Syria and other pockets of conflict and poverty.
Yet as he upends church convention, Francis also is grappling with a conservative backlash to the liberal momentum building inside the church. In more than a dozen interviews, including with seven senior church officials, insiders say the change has left the hierarchy more polarized over the direction of the church than at any point since the great papal reformers of the 1960s.
Go here to read the rest. Political conservatives have little reason to be thrilled with Pope Francis, a man of the left. However, that fact does not account for most of the problems that the Pope is encountering within the Church. These problems stem from the fact that Pope Francis often seems to favor the heterodox over the orthodox, and that some of his initiatives seem to contradict Church teaching. The Washington Post of course sees none of this, conflating something as noncontroversial within the Church as the Pope broadening the authority of priests to forgive abortion, something priests in America have been doing for decades, with a proposal to grant communion to those in adulterous marriages. When it comes to what separates the orthodox from the heterodox within the Catholic Church, The Washington Post is like a man blind from birth attempting to understand the concept of green.