It seems that with the Catholic Church on the verge of open schism a lot of Cardinals who voted for Frankie B in the last conclave are suffering buyer’s remorse. Or at least that’s what the Times is reporting. And for once I’m inclined to agree with this pillar of the mainstream media. Such regrets should come as no surprise given the steady stream of hatred and disdain directed at devout Catholic laity and clergy by the current occupant of St. Peters. The vast majority of Cardinals hold diocesan offices – they’re Archbishops, shepherds in charge of their flocks and they’ll be well aware of the discontent and demoralization of the laity and priests in their care. It should come as no surprise if these Cardinals who may have voted for Francis in good faith believing him to be an Orthodox Catholic, regret their choice.
What is surprising is that it appears that some of those who connived and lobbied for Bergoglio before and during the last conclave are growing unhappy with his pontificate.
“A large part of the cardinals who voted for him is very worried and the curia . . . that organised his election and has accompanied him thus far, without ever disassociating itself from him, is cultivating the idea of a moral suasion to convince him to retire,” Antonio Socci wrote in the Italian newspaper Libero.
The conservative Catholic author and journalist said that the election four years ago of Jorge Mario Bergoglio had been backed by progressive German cardinals and a curia faction impatient with the rule of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.