“Make a mess!” Pope Francis urged Catholics.
But has he ended up making one himself?
This has been the most controversial pontificate in memory. Catholics are taking sides, for and against the pope and each other. Some Catholics like everything Pope Francis says and does. Others think he’s tearing the Church apart. Some say he’s a breath of fresh air. Others say he’s sowing confusion in the ranks.
In recent months three best-selling books have appeared criticizing Francis. Are their criticisms warranted, or do they go too far? How are faithful Catholics to understand this pontificate, and what limits, if any, should there be on criticizing a reigning pope?
Popular author and apologist Karl Keating examines the claims and counter-claims made by prominent Catholics who have a high opinion of the papacy but - many of them - not a high opinion of its current occupant.