But only certain Catholics!
Like Katrina Fernandez, who blogs at The Crescat (“crescat” is a Latin word; Latin is the language spoken exclusively by Jesus Christ, all the Apostles, the Virgin Mary and, probably, Moses) and just cannot get on board with this creepy humble pope:
Every time I read about how humble Francis is I take it personally, as a slight meant to imply that his predecessor was somehow not. And every time he shuns the trappings of the office of Pope I spiritually die inside a little more. How can I love a Pope who doesn’t even want to be Pope? Who doesn’t even call himself Pope but prefers the title Bishop of Rome.
This is sort of curious, not only because there is a long tradition of holy men and women shunning titles in the church (St. Ambrose, for instance, had to be badgered into becoming a bishop, but he wasn’t the pope, right, just some crummy saint), but because the man Fernandez prefers, Benedict XVI, didn’t want to be pope so much that he quit the job.
Fernandez is not alone, though. Other Catholics are like, When God was handing out popes, he sure gave us a lemon. Like Jeffrey Tucker, over at the New Liturgical Movement:
Truth: I’ve personally found many aspects of this papacy to be annoying, and struggled against that feeling from the beginning. I’m hardly alone in this. Many Benedict partisans have felt this way.
“Benedict partisans” – why not convince a dude to set up a rival papacy? There’s precedent!
Shy of another Avignon interlude, though, conservative Catholics (you can tell them because of they are dripping with Latin, which was the universally spoken language in first century Galilee) are going to be spending the duration of this papacy grinding their teeth, I fear.
But hey, buck up, Latin lovers: as we pointed out earlier this week, your liberal counterparts are also cheesed off at Francis.