I think the Pope knows very well what people say about him... and who says it.
His reception by Catholics in the Holy Land suggests to me that the critical voices online and in very 'conservative' circles of Catholics are way off. The enthusiasm for the Holy Father's visit was very evident. I was edified. I am grateful the pilgrimage was safe.
Speaking to journalists on the way home, Pope Francis gave every indication that he knows what critics of the Church - within and without - are saying these days. Especially about the hot button issues. In my opinion, the Holy Father demonstrates his pastoral balance, his discernment and open-hearted obedience to God's will.
I especially appreciate how he addressed the issues related to the upcoming synods on the family:
The Pontiff also spoke about the two upcoming Synods of Bishops on the family. “The Pope lamented what he characterized as an overemphasis, by members of the clergy among others, on the question of when divorced and civilly remarried Catholics may receive Communion,” according to a Catholic News Service report. “He emphasized the synods would consider the pastoral care of the family in its totality.” - SourceI think many Catholics worry too much about things that haven't even happened yet - they project their fears onto imagined events in the future, suggesting all sorts of disasters and changes - yet nothing has changed. Not one dogma, not one iota of the law can be or will be done away with. It strikes me that today many Catholics are convinced they are more Catholic than the pope, while looking down on everyone else who hasn't arrived at the state of perfection they seem to believe they are in.