If one wishes to understand this Pope, it is a good idea to look at his homilies. He often “wings” them rather than reading from a prepared text. Thus in his homilies we get the pure and unadulterated Francis. Case in point this extract from a homily last month:
“This (is the) healthy realism of the Catholic Church: the Church never teaches us ‘or this or that.’ That is not Catholic. The Church says to us: ‘this and that.’ ‘Strive for perfectionism: reconcile with your brother. Do not insult him. Love him. And if there is a problem, at the very least settle your differences so that war doesn’t break out.’ This (is) the healthy realism of Catholicism. It is not Catholic (to say) ‘or this or nothing:’ This is not Catholic, this is heretical. Jesus always knows how to accompany us, he gives us the ideal, he accompanies us towards the ideal, He frees us from the chains of the laws’ rigidity and tells us: ‘But do that up to the point that you are capable.’ And he understands us very well. He is our Lord and this is what he teaches us.”
Go here to read the rest. Thus the Pope summarizes one of the key teachings of his papacy: much of the traditional moral teaching of the Church represents an ideal that many Catholics are incapable of reaching. Jesus just wants us to do our best, and so should the Church.
We should thank God that the Pope is such a confused thinker that he is unable to systematize the moral latitudinarianism that is the clear central message of this Pontificate.