It is indeed regrettable that so many have taken it upon themselves to criticize the successor of St. Peter at every twist and turn. It is even more regrettable that this comes from among those who are supposed to assist him and make his burden lighter.
However, I am grateful to the Holy Father for bearing so much pain that goes with being misunderstood and still show so much grace. His willingness to go so far as to explain his decisions and the humility that is dripping from every word in his recent letter to bishops is exemplary. His learning, faith and humaneness so well displayed is inspirational.
We pray for him for more strength as we can expect more attacks from a decadent world. Must there be such unwarranted attacks from within his “household” also? We should be contending with so much that threaten to erode the basis of our faith than to be criticizing, unnecessarily, the person and decisions of our Holy Father.