|"Carissime Sante Pater..."|
Ann says: What should the Vicar of Jesus Christ be doing? Um, practicing, teaching and preaching Catholicism. That would be a good start. He should be offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Gregorian Rite at the Papal Altar of St. Peter's basilica, directly above the tomb of St. Peter himself, every single day, begging our Crucified Savior there upon the altar, with copious tears, to have mercy on and to cleanse His Holy Church and the whole world. This should be broadcast/live-streamed and made available to watch on the Vatican's website and whoever else wants to carry it, with closed captions in Latin above the various vernacular languages. The Pope should likewise celebrate Solemn Benediction every day, and recite the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, again in reparation for the horrific sins of the world - and not nonsense fake Marxist sins like "wasting food" or "using air conditioning". No, actual real sins like sacrilege, sodomy, abortion, concubinage, and coveting and stealing other people's private property and wealth, most especially by governments. Then the Holy Father should lead the world in praying the Most Holy Rosary - all 15 mysteries (You heard me. Fifteen. There are exactly FIFTEEN mysteries.), in Latin, for the crushing of and in reparation for the heresy of Modernism. He should conclude this daily rosary by reciting himself the Oath Against Modernism. Every. Single. Day. Once he gets that squared away, then we can start on formulating a plan for broadcasting him publicly praying the Liturgy of the Hours. The Liturgy of the HOURS. In Latin. Not the Liturgy of the Minutes in some barbarous tongue....
As we approach the Synod on the Family, I am hoping for the emergence of a new Saint Catherine of Siena. As I have known since I was a tiny child, the original Saint Catherine of Siena corrected/advised the pope of her day. I cannot remember if I was impressed or not that it turned out Saints (Girl Saints!) trump Pope. My family wasn't that interested in popes. Our family devotions were pretty much reserved to the Blessed Trinity although a statue of Our Lady stood on the chimney piece, thanks to my Catholic grandma. (My Protestant grandma was ho-hum about religion.)
Anyway, I should think that if any new Catherine were to emerge, it would have to be someone like Ann, as Ann is (A) a chaste virgin, (B) a Daily Mass-goer and (C) greatly given to mediaeval acts of courage, helpfully giving her address to Islamist assassins so she can test out her weapons, defying unjust tax collectors, preaching the hard teachings of the Gospel in and out of season, etc.
However, Ann lacks spiritual clout. She is more famous for her politics than for her piety, which strikes me as unfair, but then she also isn't a mystic. I suppose Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Sister Lucia of Fatima both had the kind of spiritual authority that popes have to listen to, but unfortunately for us they have toddled off to their heavenly rewards. Pope Francis's own mother (who was a very pretty bride, I see) died in 1981.
When it comes to ticking off/advising popes, I hope nobody is looking to me, for I am not at all an appropriate person. Most of the time, a person demanding that somebody in their parish do something to improve parish life should be the person to do it themselves ("Oh, but I am too busy."). However, when it comes to taking on the role of The Next Saint Catherine, I am sure there has to be a voice calling you in the night.
Of course, hundreds (or thousands) would disagree with me and point out that all laymen have the responsibility of correcting the pope, should he err. I wonder how many of them have actually taken paper and pen in hand to do so, however, and which among them has a name so commanding that Archbishop Ganswein, or whoever sorts the mail, would take his or her letter directly to the Holy Father.