Pope Francis has been heavily criticized by some conservative Catholics since 2016, this has only intensified with time after a group of unnamed "anti-reform" cardinals claimed to state that Francis's supposed openness to "modernity on sexual morality, communion for remarried Catholics and friendly relations with other religions have opened a gulf between progressives and traditionalists.
A huge crowd joined Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, for the weekly recitation of the Angelus. The Holy Father spoke on the Gospel reading for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the day’s Gospel, Jesus is asked, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
He noted that the question was “insidious,” since there were more than six hundred precepts in the Old Testament. However, he said that, “Jesus answers without hesitation: ‘You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind’; and He adds, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’.”
The Pope’s administrative style has been criticized by some conservatives which they assert the pontiff has "wielded" against conservative opponents. It’s also unfortunate that he has also been contrasted with Donald Trump, with some conservative critics drawing comparisons between the two.
The criticism arose back in 2013 after the Pope appeared on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica with Godfried Danneels in his initial presentation, as well as appointments he received from Francis. It turns out that Danneels had previously recommended silence on sex-crimes committed by priests.
The criticism intensified in 2014 with the rehabilitation of Fr. Mauro Inzoli, who was defrocked in 2012 for sexually abusing minors, sparked controversy. On the same note, he was heavily criticized in 2015 for supporting Chilean bishop Juan Barros, who was accused of covering up sex-crimes against minors.
Several clergy sex abuse survivors came out in February 2017, revealing that the Pope had quietly made the Church-recommended sentence for clergy convicted of sex abuse a lifetime of prayer rather than a recommendation to serve time in jail.
Despite the repeated requests that have been made by local bishops in the Venezuela's crisis, Francis is yet to openly denounce the acts of Nicolas Maduro. This has led critics to suggest that Francis might be holding back out of ideological sympathy for Maduro and his left-wing allies, such as Evo Morales.
Regarding climate change, Pope Francis is currently the world’s most influential climate activist, his 184-page encyclical known as Laudato Si, the eco-manifesto that solidified his reputation as a climate thinker suggests that Laudato Si could galvanize global action against global warming.
The Laudato Si has much more stuff about techno-economic paradigms and information overload and aesthetic education and misguided anthropocentrism.
It also contains quasi-Marxist passages that sound like Noam Chomsky on acid. To some, its technophobic passages sound like they were written by an Amish hippie grad student.
It also contains interpositions about “the feeling of asphyxiation brought on by densely populated residential areas” and the inability of the individual to “prescind from humanity”.
Conservatives who are already annoyed by the pope’s climate advocacy might not be too happy to hear him link laissez-faire economics to slavery, and pedophilia.
He once compared the neglect of the environment to support for abortion. And although I’m no theologian, I’m pretty sure that his sentiments on “valuing one’s own body in its femininity or masculinity,” implies that sex changes are anti-environmental, too.
It’s also worthwhile for me to fully disclose that: I’m not in the least qualified to criticize the religious content of Pope Francis encyclical, if anyone is, neither I’m I Catholic. I must also admit I instinctively wince at the preachiness of sixties-style enviros who see capitalism and consumerism as the root of the problem.