John Allen asks.
The story has a problem with tense.
They already have.
He's crossed the Rubicon and we've burned the bridges down.
If the final document contains anything resembling Monday’s draft, it’s likely criticism of Francis will intensify.
Combine that with speculation that in the near future Francis will remove Burke from his position at the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s supreme court, and it’s not difficult to imagine that many on the Catholic right could conclude, once and for all, that Francis is not on their side.
Which just so happens to be the side where 2000 years of defined truth is anchored.
But there's a miracle in the making.
For at least ten years Catholics have been asking wealthy donors to stop giving the bishops money - and tell them why you cut them off. Quit their committees, resign from their boards and councils, stop answering the phone.
I think they've finally got it.
Yet there will be a price to pay.
What people generally think of as “conservative” Catholics are often among the Church’s most dedicated members, among other things serving as major financial donors. Already, one head of a conservative think tank in Rome this week said he’d gotten a call from one of his benefactors saying that if things keep going the way they are, he was going to stop ponying up.
More broadly, Catholics typically labeled as “conservative” are often people who carry water for the Church at all levels, from the local to the universal. If that pool of human capital begins to dry up, it could make it more difficult for Francis to advance his agenda.
Even John Allen is admitting "Francis" is advancing an agenda.
The God of surprises has a surprise for Pope Francis' agenda: No tickee, no shirtee.
I don't think the bishops have come to Jesus on the line in the sand they've drawn.
They are just not getting it.
At no time in the history of Christ's Church has there been a crisis of this magnitude. Maybe going back to St. Athinasius. But not in the last 1700 years. The mood in faithful Catholic circles is irreconcilable, determined, prepared for battle and as ticked off as I have ever experienced in the pews. People are really, really hot under the collar.
By the time this is over, the scuffles over their ordaining and shuffling pedophiles is going to seem like a fight in the kindergarten schoolyard.
A coup of the Chair of Peter to rob our children of their salvation was the last cheap trick.
When Mommy and Daddy ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.