The conservative is branches of Catholicism, along with similar branches in Protestantism, are often frustrated that their leadership does not stamp out those parts of the faith the deviate from what conservatives consider to be the orthodoxy of the faith. There is a new book of hand wringing about the Pope’s lack of rigid rules.
Slippages from rigidity by the Pope come to mind. One is lightening up on divorce and remarriage. Another is a bend to accommodate the Communist government in China preventing criticism of required abortions. He refuses to put the hammer down on the German Catholic liberal take on the faith.
Then, the Pope has hinted priests might all be allowed to marry, he made waves with a tolerant attitude toward homosexuality and continued to be a landlord to a gay bathhouse in a complex where clergy are housed.
On the Protestant side several main line branches have embraced gay marriage and gay clergy.
The conservative approach to these matters is, “Let’s (the church) hunt down these sinners and drum them out of our church.”
The Pope’s position is (along with parts of Protestantism), however, “Look, there are holes in our bucket. It’s draining faster than it’s filling. We can’t keep up. Let’s plug some holes in the bottom and see if we can collect just a bit more incoming. We can’t do this by chasing out everyone we don’t like.”
By refusing to play the ogre, the Pope is trying to save what is left of a declining enterprise.