In Romans, we find God punishing people by just letting them be all that they can be. The Bear has been talking about the horrible need for a Franciscan credibility gap in 2015. And now we are seeing exactly what the Bear is talking about. He who lives by the sound byte is made to look foolish by the sound byte. So many more opportunities to come, too!
Right now we need a pope with a hard Catholic identity, willing to take on the world, not recline beneath its caresses. That would be a pope deserving of credibility. Sadly, so much of what comes out of Pope Francis, is, if not a mess itself, ripe to be turned into one by the media. But this is not a one-way street, and public opinion is fickle.
So keep talking, Pope Francis. Maybe by the time you get to pastoralizing and gradualizing the 10 Commandments into Francis's Ten Happy Thoughts, no one will be listening.