Investigating the charge of “Clericalism”…
Bergoglio and Anti-Clericalism:
Why has Francis appropriated Rhetoric derived from Virulent Enemies of the Catholic Church?
by Francis del Sarto
“I believe the Lord wants a change in the Church. I have said many times that a perversion of the Church today is clericalism”, declared “Pope” Francis in a private meeting with 28 of his fellow Novus Ordo Jesuits during his visit to Lithuania. “I know that the Lord wants the Council to make headway in the Church” (source).
And many, indeed, have been the instances where Francis has invoked the specter of “clericalism”, dating back as far as his 2013 social justice warrior manifesto — er, “apostolic exhortation” — Evangelii Gaudium, where he pushed the Vatican II “people of God” nonsense, complaining that
[l]ay people are, put simply, the vast majority of the people of God.