It is sometimes interesting to take a look at how the far left views the events of the current pontificate. Australian journalist Emma-Kate Symons in an op ed in The Washington Post entitled How Pope Francis can Cleanse the Far Right Rot From the Catholic Church:
Pope Francis needs to take tougher action against the United States’ most influential Catholic in Rome, Cardinal Raymond “Breitbart” Burke. The renegade cleric is not only undermining Francis’s reformist, compassionate papacy, and gospel teaching as it applies to refugees and Muslims, but the rebel prince of the church is also using his position within the walls of the Vatican to legitimize extremist forces that want to bring down Western liberal democracy, Stephen K. Bannon-style. Simply put, the Vatican is facing a political war between the modernizing Pope Francis and a conservative wing that wants to reassert white Christian dominance.
Burke was reduced to a ceremonial patron role at the Knights of Malta after a power struggle at the ancient chivalric order, won by the pope last month, following a spat over its humanitarian wing’s alleged distribution of condoms. Losing the leadership battle and prestige at the secretive society headquartered in Rome — Francis is appointing his own special delegate above Burke — was seen as a papal rap on the knuckles for the cardinal leading the charge against Francis’s writings on communion for divorcees. But the virulently anti-Islam (“capitulating to Islam would be the death of Christianity”), migrant-phobic, Donald Trump-defending, Vladimir Putin-excusing Burke is unrepentant and even defiant, continuing to preside over a far-right, neo-fascist-normalizing cheer squad out of the Holy See.
Go here to read the rest. Leftists have traditionally viewed the Catholic Church as enemy number one. In Francis they have the Pope of their dreams, a Pope who shares many of their goals and can lend the prestige of the Catholic Church to their causes. Being leftists they are tone deaf as to religion and can only interpret conflicts within the Church in the delusional political categories that make up their world view. Thus Cardinal Burke cannot be opposing the Pope out of fidelity to Christ, but must be depicted as a neo-fascist, racist, Putin loving Trumpist! It would all be hilarious if Pope Francis were not dealing heavy damage each day to the faith of tens of millions as he leads the Church down a Witches Dance of leftist politics.