To understand Francis the Merciful, it is essential to understand Perón. “The dark legacy of Peronism is vast. What interests us now is it’s re-awakening of the Argentine tradition of violent dehumanization of the adversary that was dormant during the early Conservative era. That dark flower is now in full bloom. In spite of claims to the contrary both the political left and right cultivate a form of hateful rejection of the totality of their opponent’s ideas. Juan Perón defined it in one of his unforgettable maxims: “To the enemy, not even justice!” http://www.lepantoinstitute.org/report-from-a-troubled-land/
The Days of secrecy are long gone. This papacy is done. Stick a fork in it. Only question, how much more damage will be inflicted.
“Since the clergy sexual abuse and hierarchical coverup revealed by Vigano has been independently verified, the truthfulness of Vigano is no longer the issue. Few, if any, challenge the charge that there has been a systematic attempt to coverup clergy sexual abuse by numerous bishops and priests throughout the world. Even the Pope was involved in these coverups and even he does not attempt to challenge these facts.” http://frregisscanlon.com/index.php/2018/12/03/should-cardinal-vigano-not-have-written-his-open-letter/
A firm clear open discussion of Pope Francis’ election to the papacy must commence. Though the Cardinals are the one who just initiate it, the laity have a right to request one. His election is the first to consider. The appointments he has made and the doctrine taught as a result must then be considered.
The theoretical speculation has turned practical. It would be a very good thing to refine the concept of infallibility. “Until proven otherwise means that a Pope can lose his pontificate for many reasons, including heresy, but these reasons must be incontrovertible. The heresy, but also the invalidity of the election, must be manifest and widely-known to the whole Church, because the Church is a visible society and not an invisible congregation of elected people as Protestant sects are.
In order to speak about notorious and manifest heresy, it is not enough that the Pope professes or publicly favors heresy; it must be perceived as such by Catholic public opinion. The bishops, and especially the cardinals — who are the electors and counselors of the Pope – must recognize these facts and see their consequences. Until then, a Pope must be considered legitimate.” https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/prof-roberto-di-mattei-on-how-to-resist-pope-francis-paradigm-shift-full-te
Why listen to a liar? Danneels was standing behind Francis on the balcony when he accepted the papacy. Daneels a primary cause of the loss of faith in Blegium.
“Cardinal Godfried Danneels, the archbishop emeritus of Brussels, was a personal appointment by Pope Francis to the Synods of Bishops on the family in 2014 and 2015. In addition to wearing rainbow liturgical vestments and being caught on tape concealing clergy homosexual sex abuse, Danneels said in 2013 of the passage of gay “marriage”: “I think it’s a positive development that states are free to open up civil marriage for gays if they want.”
Time will tell if this is theatrics or not. https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/fr.-james-martin-slams-pope-francis1
The underlying assumption of Weigel vis a vis Francis is that the Pope wants to help the Church. A more accurate prior assumption, in my opinion, is to consider, ‘what would enhance Francis’ power?’ Power not piety is the end game. Peronism 101. Thus, Weigel’s insights are spot on but not necessarily persuasive. “Drawing on lay expertise does not diminish episcopal authority; it enhances it. Bringing lay expertise to bear on this crisis is essential in getting at the facts and to restoring the badly-eroded credibility of too many bishops — and the Vatican. The leadership of the U.S. bishops’ conference understood that, and the majority of American bishops were prepared to act on that understanding with serious remedies. The February meeting must be informed of those remedies — and it should consider how Roman autocracy made a very bad situation worse.” https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2018/12/05/avoiding-another-roman-fiasco-in-february/