Internal critics of Pope Francis are about to publish “anonymous dossiers” about persons close to him according to the anti-Catholic Italian media friendly to Francis. The dossiers regard people who have a skeleton in their closet. These media write that it is “quite evident”, that a fight between the Francis wing and the Catholic wing is going on in the Vatican.
According to Italian media reports, Pope Francis has started isolating himself in the refectory of the Casa Santa Marta where he is living. Until now, the table, where he was eating, was in the center of the refectory. Now it is in a corner. Francis is eating with his back toward the others surrounding himself with a few selected table companions.
Leftwing Italian media are afraid that the fired Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, could become the new point of reference of the Catholic wing of the bishops. Especially the bishops of those countries, where the Church is growing, are critical of Pope Francis’ liberal stances which are more in accordance with the rich but dying Church of the West.
The French historian Jean-Baptist Noé writes on atlantico.fr that the autocratic style of Pope Francis confronts him with a growing opposition. According to Noé, Francis surrounds himself with yes-men. Quote, “The Pope finds himself increasingly alone, or surrounded by people who dare not express their opinions for fear of being punished.”
Fr Ray Blake writes that one of his former parishioners and an American correspondent of his are thinking very seriously of joining the Orthodox because of the shocking news coming from Rome, adding “I know three of four others who have followed the same route in the past.” For one of them, Amoris Laetitia was the last straw. Father continues, “In this Ecumenical Age I am not sure how to offer convincing arguments I might once have put forward especially as some of our leading Prelates [and incumbent Pope?] see no distinction between the Catholic faith and any other.”