U.S. canon lawyer Father Gerald Murray called the (problematic) passage (in Amoris Laetitia) a “dangerous statement” in that it indicates that there could be different and even contrary laws in different countries regarding, for instance, who can be admitted to the sacrament of communion.
An indult is given to a regional group of bishops to play loosely with the Mass, for example, and communion in the hand and Mass facing the people enter into practice. Soon enough, practices spread, practices that do not accord with the liturgical theology of the Roman Church. Abuse enters through the back door, abuse which some people think is the teaching of the Church because it is common and acquiesced to.
Did Francis' scratch at the Poles serve to test his vision of transferring certain pastoral decisions to national conferences of bishops? There are few possibilities as to why Papa Francis would attempt to engage the Poles. One that comes to mind, if you'll forgive the slightly jaded viewpoint, is that by taking his vision to the most faithful of the faithful, i.e., the Polish people, were that bulwark of truth to slip even a bit, the rest of the world would tumble into Pope Francis' vision or version of mercy (for couples living in an adulterous relationship).
The devil has been trying to take down the Church since its beginning. Christ's promise that the gates of hell could not withstand the assault of the Church reassures us that God will raise up the necessary defences to drive away the demon and his allies. We must be willing to join the ranks of faithful soldiers to defend Holy Mother Church from attacks both foreign and domestic, so-to-speak.
The world needs,... well, forget the world for a moment,... the Church needs a pontiff who is clear-headed and well spoken. Authentic, as in 100% Peter the Apostle, à la Pope Saint Leo the Great. When Cardinals are forced to utter doctrinal corrections because a pope carelessly tacked on to an interview a poorly thought out comment—thanks be to God for Cardinals Sarah, Burke, Müller, Brandmüller, Pell, and others... Archbishop Athanasius Schneider as well—the Church has entered a period of strange and unusual circumstances.
This blogger, who is not alone in the conviction that Christ protects His Catholic Church, remains convinced that the Office of Peter will endure regardless of a pope's cockamamie personal thoughts about, for example, terror-religion in the Middle East. In past centuries, the Office has suffered much worse and still remains.
The Office of Peter is protected from theological error. Any pope's or bishop's teaching that contradicts the unchanging teaching of the Church will place him among charlatans and thieves. Anyone who defends such a pope or his error will follow him into the shadows of history.
Pope Francis recently gave a lucid response to the question concerning the ordination of women. His response?—no, never. As in, women cannot be ordained. Pope Francis is capable of providing the clarity that believers require. We must continue to pray for the Pontiff and all members of the hierarchy.