Pope Francis approval ratings in the US take a dive.
I suspect the Holy Father doesn’t mind, if he has even caught wind of the news. Likely ditto for at least the previous two popes.
The three of them and I would likely agree the Ministry of Peter is not one of popularity, but rather unity and pastoring. It’s likely that if a pope had single-digit popularity, but a billion-plus Catholics were out among the needy, the poor, the throwaway persons, and laboring in the field hospital, the Gospel message and mission would likely be furthered in an even more efficacious way than millions of pilgrims attending papal mega-events, then returning to life-as-usual afterward.
The tone is pretty vicious in the links on the Pewsitter aggregator. And those are just the headlines. I don’t even click on those anymore.
I think if conservatives or other folks disillusioned with Pope Francis have a problem with anything about him, so what? The mission is to spread the Gospel of Christ, not the Gospel of Popularity.
It is said that some are feeling scolded and criticized. The way I look at it is, if the shoe fits, wear it. If people are doing their best, and trying to live according to Gospel teachings, then the criticism, if you can call it that, wasn’t aimed at them. No one needs to take it personally, I don’t think that was the pope’s intention. But anyone looking to get their ego stroked is going to be disappointed.