How uplifting to have a Pope who cares.
How refreshing to have a Pope who is compassionate.
How uplifting to have a Pope who prays.
How uplifting to have a Pope who decries poverty.
How uplifting to have a Pope who knows what it is to live among ordinary people.
How uplifting to have a Pope who engages with the world.
Pope Francis does all this
so have all the the Popes of recent years. You will not find it difficult to find quotes and practical examples of all the popes of the last 100 years doing all these things and of people in many parts of the world finding in any of those popes a true father, an inspiration and a shepherd who engendered love among the faithful.
The reason for the liberal establishment (within and without the Church) bigging up of these qualities exhibited by Pope Francis is to use them to imply a silent and odious comparison with the previous Holy Father, Pope Benedict - who, by implication was none of the above. That, of course is nothing but a vile lie.
I don't know what the Pope Francis effect is in Italy but I have not heard of any real improvement in Mass attendance here in the UK. The idea that Pope Francis says, "Who am I to judge?" about what amounts to laxity and sin is arrant nonsense. That answer he gave to a particular question had the caveat that "the was person is of good will and is in search of God." (See Fr Z for an in depth analysis.) To deliberately ignore the Church's teaching, to dismiss it, to seek to undermine it - on sexuality or Mass attendance, on liturgy or family life, on any subject - is not to be of good will, is not to be truly seeking God, is not be be a a "son of the Church".
So, yes, I hate the Pope Francis effect - not for any real effect he might have in engaging the world with he truth of the Faith, not for any person moved by his words or example to come closer to the Lord but because it is being used as a stick by those who hated Pope Benedict's liturgical reforms to attack the person of the previous Pope.
Surely Popes like this couldn't have cared about social justice?
Surely Popes who wore red shoes and dressed like this were never interested in calling sinners back or being a father to the sons and daughters of the Church?
NEWSFLASH - You can dress as priests have for centuries and say the Traditional Mass and want to uphold the teaching of the Church AND YET still be compassionate, still care, still decry poverty, still pray devoutly and still inspire Christians and others to follow Christ more faithfully.
But who am I to judge?