Dale Price has been blogging his "Dyspeptic Mutterings" for some time, and has an intelligent and respectable following (I flatter myself).
Recently he has been muttering dyspeptically about the papal "cult" of Pope Francis's "conservative" defenders -- a fact that occasioned one reader, Michael Liccione, to remark thusly: "I think Dale fails to take account of another possibility. Some of us see the Pope's verbal missteps as an opportunity for confirmation of the papacy's divine origin. The Rock known as Peter stands as much in spite of as because of those tasked, for a time, with embodying it."
Fair enough. Just like Boccaccio's story in his Decameron of the Jewish merchant, Abraham, who converts after a visit to Rome and witnessing unbelievable corruption, because, he says, so corrupt a Church couldn't possibly have survived all these centuries if it didn't have God behind it.
Still, Dale Price's Dyspeptic Mutterings are worth a visit, if only for more fodder for the debate about the state of the Church. For his latest, see "Taking a break from all your worries, Part III" (October 26, 2013), where he reflects on (1) the Bishop, (2) the Pope, and (3) Escaping The Papal Personality Cult.