.... when your liberal friends say they appreciate the statements of this Pope
.... when the Pope seems to be more concerned with matters of the world than matters of the spirit, e.g. speeches about harming the environment and practically nothing about sexual sins and abortion
.... when stories emerge of Pope Francis' rants inside the Vatican
.... when devoted Catholics feel marginalized by this pontiff
The list goes on. Some of the latest include the Pope's language on abortion, substitution "interruption of pregnancy" for the word abortion, his statements that all religions are religions of peace when evidence abounds to show the opposite, when he said we should confess the sin of 'littering', when orthodox clergy are demoted and clergy who share the Pontiff's worldview are put in their stead.
I have provided some quotes and links below.
A few months ago, I included in my daily prayer journal a prayer for the ending of this papacy. I am not wishing for Francis' death or demise, but I am asking God to somehow intervene to stop Francis' influence on the church. Because he is causing dismay, he is creating confusion, and he is undermining the authority of the Catholic church.
The traditionalist blog Rorate Caeli suggested that ‘ageing or an underlying medical issue’ was responsible for his ‘persistent anger, rancour, vituperation, use of uncouth words (which is known to be increasingly frequent in private)’.
Again, this is an opponent speaking. There is no evidence that the Pope is mentally ill. However, plenty of Vatican employees will testify to his outbursts of temper, rudeness towards subordinates and vulgar language.
‘Bergoglio divides the church into those who are with him and those who are against him — and if he thinks you’re in the latter camp then he’ll come after you,’ says a priest who works in the curia.
It’s not hard to detect a Latin American flavour to the deal-making and settling of scores that has become blatant over the past year. Most Catholic bishops had thought Francis was a plain-spoken and perhaps touchingly naive reformer. Instead, they are confronted by a pope who is simultaneously combative, charming, bad-tempered, idealistic and vengeful.