|Father Zzzzz tickled pink|
You all (my two loyal readers and some of the NAC grads like Marianne that pass through to see if their names are mentioned) know by now that Father D is NOT on the cutting edge of ecclesiastical news and clerical gossip. I just don't have the time to keep up with it all. Parochial, administrative, and educational responsibilities and the sad excuse for what passes as a social life. (You'd be surprised at the very friendly people you can meet at the dog park.) But I eventually catch up and catch on.
So, I have read that Pope Francis' popularity is down in the polls. I'm not sure that he knows, but I'd take a guess that His Holiness really doesn't give two flying fucks. Whatcha think?
American's can be a bit fickle when it comes to our leaders, both political and religious. Remember the words of my detestable colleague and brother blogger, Father Z early on in this Pontificate? "Liberals will turn on Pope Francis." (That link will populate a search of Z's blog of the number of times he has written that statement.)
Several news outlets have reported that the Papal approval rating is down. More than a few bloggers have mentioned it. Though none with the seeming joy that Father Zzzzz has today. Maybe I'm not reading him properly. Maybe he's just in a mood to celebrate everything, since one of his Particular Friends has been granted a new Renaissance Faire costume that he wants to wear while mounting his horse in the Basilica.
"These honors are good things. While not strictly necessary, they are recognition of a job well done and that counts for a lot. Let no one tell you otherwise, while we strive for detachment from the worldly the occasional freely given, cordial attaboy is important."As my great uncle used to say, some people deserve a pat on the back and others a kick in the ass. That was the same uncle who told me that "a monsignor is an honored and dignified nothing", and that a priest should refuse it if at all possible because he is going to have "to spend a few thousand dollars on new choir dress that he'll never have a genuine reason to wear" unless he goes to Rome for a Pontifical Mass. This was a man who was one of the last non curial prelates of honor in his diocese to use the post nominal P.A. after his name.
Returning to the topic papal polls, it seems Father Z was at least partially wrong. It is not entirely the evil dirty hippy liberals that are turning on the pope.
In fact, there is evidence that it is the wholly righteous conservatives that are tipping the scales the most. Yep, the Conservatives have turned on Pope Francis.
Papa is pissin' people off. He's not compromising on basic Catholic Teaching to compromise on the sanctity of marriage, ordination of women, which is ticking off the liberals (even though he is encouraging a compassionate approach to individual circumstances) and he is calling the wealthy to be accountable and generous to their workers rather than making every dime possible off their backs which has drawn the conservative ire.
I want to highlight one of the comments from a recent post related to this current one.
AristophanesJuly 23, 2015 at 5:27 PMHis Crassness will and does resort to any tactic to distract his easily led cash cows from Pope Francis' constant rebuke of self-interested clerics like Zuhlsdorf.Every thing Francis finds disdainful about sine-cure, self-indulgent, materialistic, hypocrites in the priesthood lights a bon fire under Lacy Boys frills. He hates Francis almost beyond comprehension.For Francis to be attacked, ridiculed and held in contempt by anyone, especially by Z's fellow travellers at Acton, Napa and Crisis is just gravy on his overloaded plate.
When irritating those on both sides, I believe that is a good sign of a well balanced leader.