Let it suffice to say that when Kathleen Parker, a pro-same-sex marriage “conservative” with a history of making odd characterizations of orthodox Christians and peppering her columns with anti-Catholic black legend, starts saying nice things about your Pope in your local paper, all is not well with your Church:

Pope Francis continues to delight and surprise as he pursues his radical pilgrimage across the global psyche – inspiring with his humility while also sending shock waves with his subversive spirit.

Yes, make no mistake, this humble man from Argentina who describes himself first as a sinner and prefers simplicity to the opulence afforded by his station is, like Jesus Christ himself, a radical.

He washes the feet of the poor while eschewing the ruby papal slippers for his own holy feet. He lives in humble quarters among colleagues rather than in the isolation of the Vatican suites where his predecessors have slept. He immerses himself in humanity while urging a greater pastoral role for the church and a de-emphasis on the harsh judgments of institutional authority. …

Ditto for former CCHD officials, fifth columnists, and Barack Obama.