While noted Catholic theologian (not) Rush Limbaugh accused Pope Francis of going "beyond Catholicism" and being "purely political". The radical traditionalist blogoshere rabidly convenes it's own inquisition (members mostly self appointed) highlighting the leftist socialist Marxist ideology found throughout the recent Apostolic Exhortation. Parts of which, according to theologian Limbaugh, "were pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the Pope."
Responding to these critics, the Pope, in an interview with Italian Newspaper La Stampa: "Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended ... there is nothing in the exhortation that cannot be found in the social doctrine of the Church."
His Holiness further went on to clarify speculation from the left (and more than a few moderates) that of the upcoming new cardinals to be named one might be a woman. "I don't know where that idea comes from. Women in the Church should be valued, not 'clericalized'."
On the topic of his desires to reform and restructure the Curia, including the Vatican Bank, Pope Francis confirmed what any sane and reasonable person already knows. Change takes time, and will be a "lengthy task." Referring to last weeks Moneyval's positive evaluation of the Vatican efforts to abide by international financial standards, the Pope stated that reform (of the bank in particular) is "on the right path."
Pope Francis is the pope of Christian Charity.