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By Bishop James D. Conley, The Catholic Thing, May 15, 2024

Most Rev. James D. Conley is the bishop of Lincoln, NE.

Note: Be sure to tune in tomorrow, Thursday, May 16th at 8 PM Eastern to EWTN for a new episode of ‘The World Over.’  TCT Editor-in-Chief Robert Royal and contributor Fr. Gerald E. Murray will join host Raymond Arroyo to discuss the latest developments in the Church in Rome and in the U.S. Check your local listings for the channel in your area. Shows are usually available shortly after first airing on the EWTN YouTube channel.

 

Eleven years into his pontificate, Francis remains popular among Americans who identify as Catholic. Some 75 percent of self-described Catholics in this country have a positive view of the Holy Father. This shouldn’t be a surprise. His care for the poor and marginalized, his concern for the environment, and his witness to peace have widespread appeal.

But as with all modern leaders, Francis is not without critics. His past comments about backward-looking” and reactionary” attitudes in American Catholic life have caused resentment among some faithful Catholics.  And his view of Church leadership in the United States – often perceived as negative – has perplexed American bishops who, as a body, have a long record of loyalty and generosity to the Holy See. …

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