Kristina Keneally, a former premier of New South Wales who the voters had the good sense to bounce from office, reflects the impatience with Pope Francis that is growing on the Catholic Left.
I’m starting to have a crisis of faith. Not in God, but rather, in Pope Francis.
It seems a betrayal to even write these words. I’m a progressive Catholic who longs for a church that is more welcoming of women, homosexuals and divorced people. I want a church where the hierarchy spends more time talking about liberating the poor and oppressed and less time lecturing about birth control. I pray for a church that comprehensively faces the causes of child sexual abuse so we can have confidence such systematic evil will never occur again.
Francis – global superstar, media darling, a truly modern pope – is the best hope people like me have had for many years, right? He’s the second coming of John XXIII, isn’t he?
I confess that I am starting to doubt it.
Francis swept into the Chair of St Peter with such animation and apparent determination to up-end the traditional notions of how popes ought to behave.
Washing the feet of prisoners, including women and Muslims. Refusing to live in the Apostolic Palace. Apparently calling a woman who married a divorced man in a civil ceremony to assure her it’s OK to go to communion. Refusing to judge homosexuals.
“I love this guy,” proclaimed the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart. Catholics everywhere – especially progressive Catholics, but also those who were lapsed or just bored – enthusiastically agreed.
Last month Francis made a curious comment in an interview marking the second anniversary of his election as pope:
I have the feeling that my Pontificate will be brief: four or five years; I do not know, even two or three. Two have already passed. It is a somewhat vague sensation. Maybe it’s like the psychology of the gambler who convinces himself he will lose so he won’t be disappointed and if he wins, is happy. I do not know. But I feel that the Lord has placed me here for a short-time, and nothing more …
He’s only going to be pope for four or five years? Well, Francis, two of those years have already passed. It’s time to get moving.
Go here to read the rest. Leftists have seized upon Pope Francis as their golden opportunity to neuter the Catholic Church. They realize this opportunity may not come again for a very long time. Of course their agenda may not be that of the Pope, and as time goes by with no major steps by Pope Francis, frustration will give way to bitter rage.