This fracture within U.S. Catholicism, but also a fracture in the global church. Latin American & European bishops’ conferences have publicly supported Francis while there has been a shocking silence on the part of most U.S. cardinals and bishops. Evangelii gaudium, and its pathway towards liberating Catholicism from any number of historical developments that are now outdated and anachronistic, has alarmed traditionalists.

In La Croix, 15 Sept For nearly five years he never made it one of his major priorities, despite the fact that many of his admirers and unofficial spokespersons tried…