The "mess" Francis has introduced into the Church is probably in keeping with his desire to shake up the sons and daughters of Holy Mother Church in order to create a flux whereby Catholic Christians may be better disposed to the Gospel.
Those who are permanently encamped in the prison of progressivism, i.e., heterodoxy, are enjoying themselves under the media-Francis umbrella. Whether they realize it or not, they are enjoying the last lingering days of the 1970s which plague the Church in the new millennium.
Pope John XXIII, the "caretaker pope", initiated the Second Vatican Council. Pope Paul VI, a mild mannered fellow, endured enormous pressure to "update" the Church. Paul, in the midst of massive upheaval, issued the prophetic Humanae Vitae, as well as other important reminders, largely ignored by fluffy priests and bishops, about the right celebration of Holy Mass. When John Paul II stepped up, there was little doubt as to the direction the Holy Spirit was pointing the Church. Renewal was given even greater impetus under Benedict XVI. Sadly, continued liturgical renewal (i.e., a more fervent return to Tradition) has been interrupted by the current occupant of the Chair of Peter who has refocussed the Church's eyes toward mercy and, consequently it seems, away from the reverent celebration of the Sacred Liturgy. It would seem that under Francis, mercy is the new source and summit of the Christian life, to borrow a phrase properly belonging to the Holy Eucharist (cf. Lumen Gentium).
If mercy flows out of the concern for the salvation of souls, then Francis' agenda itself may yet be saved, though only the part which conforms completely to the Gospel. The question is—Who will rescue Francis' mission of mercy from the "progressive" Catholic whose only goal is the acquisition of power to undermine the Gospel?
Contrary to the claims, even those residing in official notifications, that Pope Francis has said Amoris Laetitia may be only interpreted to mean unrestricted access to Holy Communion, we cannot forget his own words regarding the nature of the "integration" of adulterous Catholics:
Strangely enough, with all the media buzzing about what the Pope really thinks concerning (the problematic) footnote (in Amoris Laetitia), and the larger issue of invalidly married couples receiving Holy Communion, almost no one has brought up the Pontiff's own words uttered less than two months prior which speak directly to this question. Nor have they brought up the Pope's interview conducted in Rome from the previous year where he responds to the same question in virtually the same manner. Both go a long way in revealing the Pope's mindset on this matter.
The Pope fielded 12 questions during his hour-long in-flight interview returning from Juarez to Rome in mid-February. Anne Thompson from NBC asked the Pope a question regarding mercy to the divorced and remarried.
In response, Pope Francis emphasized, "The key phrase used by the synod, which I'll take up again, is 'integrate' in the life of the Church the wounded families, remarried families, etc."
Thompson then asked, "Does that mean they can receive Communion?"
Pope Francis, with unusual clarity, responded, "This is the last thing. Integrating in the Church doesn't mean receiving Communion."—Church Militant
The Pope was responding (in a letter leaked to the public) to a document by the (Argentine) bishops entitled ‘Basic criteria for the application of chapter 8 of ‘Amoris Laetitia’ which details ways of ‘accompanying, discerning and integrating weakness’ for Catholics living in irregular family situations. That chapter focuses on the need to support and integrate divorcees into the life of the Church, specifying that “in certain cases, this can include the help of the sacraments”. (Emphasis added).