Leading Spanish newspaper makes brutal criticisms of 'Amen', the Pope's meeting with Disney's youths

 El País' makes a brutal criticism of 'Amen', the Pope's meeting with Disney's youths

The Pope's 'Amen', the production directed by Jordi Évole for Disney, in which the Pope answers questions from a predictable group of young people, has earned a devastating critique in El País.

The risk of always positioning oneself close to the enemies of the Church, of always looking for the 'lost sheep' and of continually attacking one's own, especially the priests, calling them 'rigid' and merciless, is that you can end up in no man's land, because those who hate the Church will be happy to be flattered by the Pope, but they will not get into the boat.

Cathcon: in fine, the Francis project is a complete and utter failure

We see it all the time. The world applauded the Pope, not because he made Catholic doctrine more attractive to them, but because they perceived that he was weakening it. There are no loud conversions, no mass conversions, from the side that always gets the best smiles from Francis. Nicaragua calls him a "mafia boss", China dismisses him, German bishops express frustration at what they see as the Pope's double-dealing (Bätzing dixit, paraphrasing) and, in general, the secular media have grown bored with his hype and ignore what he does or says.

The most recent proof of this abandonment has come from El País, which once so extolled the figure of the Pope "who understands", and as a result of the Pope's penultimate attempt to flatter the most advanced secular opinion, putting himself in the hands of Évole.

In a column entitled "Amen: Francis loves you, but...", Sergio del Molino begins by saying that "the pontifical version of the Chavista 'Aló, Presidente' is a brilliant documentary at times, which lets Bergoglio's hypocrisy show through in his own words". The first, on the forehead.

Del Molino, "loaded with anti-clerical prejudices", confesses to finding it pleasing "to discover that behind the Papal verbiage there is nothing". The core of his critique is the same one that for years has been irritating progressives who initially placed so much hope in him, trusting that he would sweep away the doctrine of centuries, especially with regard to sex and other obsessions of 'woke' modernity, and have been disappointed by his ambiguous messages, his pretending and not finishing. But neither does he fail to criticise the staging of the television coven: "The start is a mixture of First Dates and Pueblo de Dios", he says, "combining the worst of both worlds, catechesis and trashiness".

Naturally, what Del Molino criticises is the Pope's affirmation of what any Pope has to affirm, which the journalist calls "the harshness of his judgements", as when Francis revisits his repeated analogy of the abortionist with a hired killer. But he also accuses the Pope of taking a low profile when talking about abuses of power without, apparently, taking responsibility for them, as if it were not about him. "In short: Francis loves you, but he does not take responsibility for the evils caused by his institution. Francis doesn't respond, he just drags his feet".

It seems that the honeymoon between today's one-track thinking and the "Church of Francis" has ended in an acrimonious divorce.