John Allen speculates that the Pope simply does not like Americans:
At one stage, Pentin asked Fellay about the pope’s repeated denunciations of “doctors of the law” and “fundamentalists,” wondering if Fellay takes those jibes as directed at his society or traditionalists generally. In response, Fellay said he’s asked around Rome what the pope means by that language.
“The answer I got most was ‘conservative Americans!’” Fellay, who’s Swiss, laughingly told Pentin. “So really, frankly, I don’t know.”
One might suspect Fellay was deflecting, except for this: He’s absolutely, one hundred percent right about what one typically hears in Rome on the subject of who leaves this pope cold.
By now, it’s clear that one defining feature both of Francis’ personality and his approach to governance – which shouldn’t be at all surprising, when you think about it – is a distinct ambivalence about the United States and about Americans.
Go here to read the rest. My guess is that Allen is probably correct. As a Latin American the Pope likely shares the traditional antipathy that many people in that region feel towards the Colossus of the North, even as so many of them disobey our laws to get into the country. Argentina, a State blessed by God in material wealth, and cursed by Man with appalling leadership, has long had a bitter antipathy to the United States that dominates the world stage, while Argentina barely receives notice. As a leftist, especially one who has had many Marxist friends, he may look askance at every American who is not a liberal Democrat as beyond the pale politically. As a Church radical, the prelates of the Church in America probably are under suspicion by him, no matter how much they abase themselves.
Oh well, for a nonjudgmental loving type of Pontiff, the current Pope seems to have a long list of groups on his “I Can’t Stand” list, and if most Americans are on that list, that is his problem and not ours.