Prior to the Bolshevik Revolution, Russians would often say “If only the Tsar knew!”, assuming that the “Little Father” couldn’t possibly have endorsed some terrible policy of the Russian Imperial government. After the fall of the Tsars, Soviets during the Stalin period would sometimes say “If only Stalin knew!”, assuming once again that the man at the top couldn’t possibly be responsible for the appalling crimes of the Stalinist period. Any Catholics seeking to use such a formula for Pope Francis really shouldn’t:
Why did the final Relatio published in the Lineamenta include the paragraphs on homosexuality, extra-marital cohabitation and Communion for the divorced-and-remarried that failed to gain the approval of the Synod Fathers in October. (Paragraphs 52,53,55 in the Italian; the English has a slightly different numbering system.)
“It was the Pope’s decision to include the points that did not receive the two-thirds majority,” Cardinal Baldisseri responded. “The Pope said: ‘These three points received an absolute majority. They were therefore not rejected with a ‘no,’ as they received more than 50 percent approval. They are therefore issues that still need to be developed. We as a Church want a consensus. These texts can be modified, that’s clear. Once there has been further reflection, they can be modified.”
Go here to read the rest. A wise policy to follow is that in the absence of solid evidence to the contrary, always assume that the man at the top of an organization fully endorses the current policies and initiatives of that organization.