Admittedly, I don't get to surf blogosphere as often as I would like, so I could be mistaken-but I have generally found First Things to be reliable and honest.
So this piece of tata very much surprised me:
I don't so much mind the intellectual dishonesty of deluding oneself into believing Pope Francis is another Pope Benedict, I mean, it's irritating and all, but I have really run out of patience for the storyline that we don't have legitimate concerns as irrespective of the theological train wreck, Pope Francis himself is faithful to doctrine.
I pray often for our priests, bishops and Popes and I sincerely hope they make it through the pearly gates, but the idea that he could spend two years misleading souls, obstructing, discrediting and destroying catechesis, but we are supposed to put our fears to rest because he himself is faithfully practicing our religion-- sure is a doozy.
I am going to say this until I am blue in the face: what people are upset about is the stuff their children, parents, relatives, friends are saying about Church teaching. That is what us important here. The man is a pope. His job is to say things in such a way so the people listening become faithful. What he is doing is causing the people we care about to reject Church teaching because they think he does.
At this juncture, I couldn't care less about his personal convictions, though I pray for the man.
As our Pope, what he is imparting to listeners is leading the people I love astray.
That is a lucid, rational and valid complaint, which I have the baptismal duty to raise in the public square.
Cardinal Burke's demotion was despicable, but he is a big boy and our fiat is martyrdom. We say what we say knowing it could lead to a ride on the end of a shoe. His sacrifice bore tremendous fruit. Grateful Catholics have every right to let the Pope know we see what he is doing.
Pope Francis crossed the Rubicon with his show at the synod. To suggest Catholics who have pinned his own rose on his nose are reacting to a demotion or anything other that the people on our own family who are being led into the hands of their demons, is getting old.
If you don't get why the pope is anathema in our own homes, we will be happy to explain it. I think the time has come to stop writing silly articles