I am absolutely floored that the Romans are still in the dark about why the Pope Francis show is being kicked to the curb by faithful Catholics.
Tornielli: Like Paul VI. who published the encyclical Humanae Vitae, there were articles with very severe criticism. But it is true, at the Synod, there was a moment of tension. And it seems to me that there is an organized movement, which uses all media, including the Internet, to spread discord and criticism of the Pope. What amazes me is that they find something to criticize every day. In this movement, it does not really matter what the Pope says or does. That surprised me a lot and this perseverance clearly points to a prejudice, because it has not taken into account what he actually says and does, when it does not fit into clichés.
Piqué: Can this daily critique of Francis, especially by blogs, who accuse him of being a populist, of being ambiguous, desacralizing in matters of doctrine and the papacy, hurt him?
Tornielli: If the criticism is not right, but on the basis of prejudice when it is systematic, even ridiculous, because of their insistence and their instability, they turns in the end against those who express them.
It is not a prejudice. It isn't the internet. It isn't the media.
It is the conclusions are children and loved ones are expressing after listening to the Holy Father.
If every day, a science teacher told the class the earth was flat, we'd have to make a phone call every day to tell her to knock it off.
We'd love a few months off.
But he has, unfortunately, God love him, made an enemy out of the hand that rocks the cradle. That, along with priests and bishops who take the salvation of souls seriously, we have enough of an army to cause them to retreat.
Always have. Always will.