Ever since his election on March 13, 2013, Pope Francis has electrified the world and is a media sensation

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But among Catholics, who it is said tend to love their Popes to a fault, the reception of him is divided [cf. Watch out Pope Francis: the Catholic civil war has begun]. This is by no means limited to Catholics among Christians (e.g. Lee Duigon , Russell D. Moore, and Baptist Press).

For Catholics who have expressed concern about Pope Francis and are wary of his pontificate, what are the key issues?

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    The links you've provided in your question appear to provide answers to your question. I'm not sure exactly what you're hoping for. Are you wondering if someone has done a poll of Catholics to ask "What is your biggest complaint about the Pope?" and you're looking for the top answers?
    – Flimzy
    Nov 12, 2014 at 13:55
  • @Flimzy I thought that was quite obviously what the question was about how else could it be interpreted? Nov 12, 2014 at 17:38
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    I believe one of the biggest stumbling blocks is that he's a Jesuit. The principles of the order would disqualify him from being Pope. Furthermore, many have linked the Jesuits to those evil Freemasons, both with them and against them. Quite confusing! Nobody likes to be confused, so they keep things that cause confusion at arms length and just accept them Nov 12, 2014 at 18:42
  • @Reluctant_Linux_User ... except for "polling of Catholics."
    – user13992
    Nov 12, 2014 at 19:17
  • @FMS Apart from polling, how else you are going to get an idea of what problems the Catholic laity have with the current Pope and/or his policies? It seems to me the only way this question could be answerable. (By the way I'd be very keen to see an answer to this question - I think the current Pope is the best since at least Paul VI - but I'm an Anglican so I don't count.) Nov 13, 2014 at 16:08

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Catholics generally fall into three (not-necessarily-exclusive) camps regarding their questioning of Francis's orthodoxy and Catholicity:

There are those who recognize Francis as a promoter of

  1. the errors and heresies of Vatican II.

  2. error and heresy against faith.

  3. moral errors.

#1 leads to #2 which, in turn, leads to #3. Most people, even Protestants, are now recognizing #3. Soon, it seems, more people will recognize #1 and #2 cause #3.

A correspondent in Argentina [...] writes that only three views of this pope exist:
1) he is a modernist, but covers himself by occasionally talking of the devil,
2) he seeks attention and power by attracting everything to himself, and
3) he is a confused thinker but basically orthodox.
The man adds that this last view is no longer tenable.
Source: On Heretical Popes, by James V. Schall S.J. | The Catholic Thing.


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