Remember Leo Taxil?
Enemies of the Church "want to see the Catholic Church weakened, especially the authority of the pope, who they feel has too much influence over voters and consumer practice."
I came across the following comment by Emmett O'Regan, the author of "Pope St. Pius X on the Indefectibility of the Church and the Prophecies of St. John Bosco"
I want to share it, because it corresponds with my own opinion and theory regarding the assault upon the Papacy we are witnessing in the Church in the United States, fueled by ultra conservative Catholic media. Several years ago we only came across this type anticlerical, anti-Catholic rhetoric on sedevacantist sites, or by right-wing-fringe bloggers and Fr. Gruner followers and Fatima-cultists. Now it is ever more pervasive on Catholic social media and even espoused by individual priests and religious.
Recently Cardinal Burke urged Catholics: "Never apologize for Church teaching." Frequently his words are understood by some to be veiled references to the Holy Father, as if he is straying from Catholic teaching, or even teaching error. That is unfortunate. Would that the Cardinal instead urged Catholics: Never make apologies for remaining faithful to the Church and the Holy Father. Beware of those who hold other views.
That said, the following is an opinion expressed by the author Emmett O'Regan on the current disrespect and detraction, and in some cases, calumnies against Pope Francis and the Bishops in communion with him.
If you ask me, I think a lot of American politicians are pulling the strings behind some elements of the English speaking Catholic media, such as EWTN and the Register, CWR, etc., purely for their own agenda. Many politicians want to see the Catholic Church weakened (e.g. Masonic ones), especially the authority of the pope, who they feel has too much influence over voters and consumer practice. This is why you are seeing this new trend towards Gallicanism emerging - which was similarly politically oriented towards restricting papal authority. I think the similarities to the Gallican template is too systematic to be accidental. I think a political lobby group is purposely steering it in this direction, and is manipulating the right-wing Catholic media for its own ends. The dissent being stoked against the magisterium atm won't just affect this papacy, but all future papacies. If you can dissent from one magisterium, why not another? If this level of dissent is allowed to continue, will weaken the Catholic Church for ever. The vast majority of the media scorn is not Pope Francis' fault either - this hatred is being deliberately manufactured. He is being undermined on all levels, and there is some serious profiteering going on for doing so. Sites like 1P5 are raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations, even though it isn't a charitable organisation helping the poor. It's sole purpose is to incite hatred against the pope, and it is turning this into a business operation. Books like "The Dictator Pope" are raking it in. There is absolutely no money to be made in defending the pope, only scorn and derision.
The Holy Spirit will always protect the Church from heresy. It is Catholic dogma that the Church has to remain a perfect society to the end of time in order to fulfil the Great Commission. If it did not remain perfect, it simply could not fulfil this commission, which is why it is indefectible. - Emmett O'Regan
“Holy Spirit, inspire me.
Love of God consume me.
Along the true road, lead me.
Mary, my good mother, look down upon me.
With Jesus, bless me.
From all evil, all illusion, all danger, preserve me.”
- St. Mary of Jesus Crucified, OCD