Hmmm, this is interesting. More and more people on the left are waking up to the fact that Pope Francis is not necessarily a useful idiot for their side. Amanda Marcotte, a pro-abort fanatic and anti-Catholic bigot who was thrown off the John Edwards campaign for her suggestion that the Virgin Mary should have used Plan B, writes at Slate:
Barbie Latza Nadeau of the Daily Beast reports that under Pope Francis, the Vatican shows no sign of laying off the crackdown on American nuns who Pope Benedict claimed were “pushing radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.” Saying he has the full support of Pope Francis, Cardinal Gerhard Müller recently attacked the LCWR for deciding to honor Sister Elizabeth Johnson, a theologian at Fordham University who writes reinterpretations of Catholic theology that emphasize a “living” God that is evolving and who incorporates feminism, environmentalism, and liberation theology into her work. Honoring Johnson “will be seen as a rather open provocation against the Holy See and the doctrinal assessment,” said Müller. “Müller then went on to inform the LCWR that it will be required to get approval from Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, whom Benedict assigned to guide the group through reforms, for almost everything it does that concerns the public,” writes Nadeau.
Go here to read the rest. The thing about Pope Francis is that he is very much his own man. PopeWatch has examined, and criticized some, of the stances of the Pope, but he really does not fit into the ideological boxes so useful for political analysis in this country. While clearly a leftist on economics, Pope Francis does not apparently share the enthusiasm for heterodoxy so common among liberal Catholics in the West, or if he does that fact is not yet clear from an overview of all of his actions as Pope.