First they came for the Trade Unionist, and I did not speak out- Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out- Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me- and there was no one to speak for me.(Niemoller)
It seems the Pope may be overly attached and surrounded by certain persons with unhealthy thought processes and strange conspiracy ideas.
The Vatican Insider usually a solid news source which has access to ranking Vatican insiders close to the Pope on October 19 wrote a tabloid like paranoid article.
It slandered anyone remotely criticizing questionable prudential actions where Francis has no expertise or promise of being guided by the Holy Spirit and the non-infallible teachings of his which contradict the teaching of scripture and all previous popes as being in a global conspiracy with Russian strongman Putin against the Pope.
Almost ironically, Phil Lawler, and his CatholicCulture.org, which defends Francis's teachings and even the Argentine norm of Amoris Laetitia yet when commenting on this article, said that it is "likely...people surrounding Pope Francis" have a "paranoid style" and have fallen into "conspiracy" thinking that "see enemies wherever there is resistance to their agenda."
It is also likely, that if those who surround Francis have fallen into paranoid and conspiracy thinking, that the Pope himself might exhibit this same types of fearful thought processes.
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America says individuals "with dementia may become paranoid."
Wikipedia says paranoia "is a thought process believed to be heavily influenced by anxiety and fear...typically includes...beliefs of conspiracy."
EWTN commentator Robert Royal of The Catholic Thing said in the 2014 article "Pope Francis Needs New Friends" said:
"He's clearly in a bubble" with Cardinals like the German Kasper who wants "God to repeal the Laws of Non-contradiction" and radicals like the Honduran Maraiaga who were leading Francis to "connect...global poverty-with a kind of conspiracy theory about arms sales and war is simply bizarre."
These persons with unhealthy thought processes in the papal bubble around the Pope who wrote Amoris Laetitia might have not told him about about many things including the famous footnote 351.
Maybe he agrees with those with conspiracy thought processes and authorized the footnote.
Maybe he is incapable of remembering the most important parts of his documents because of dementia.
Maybe he is lying when he said he forgot about the footnote.
Maybe he and others wrote the document and letter that attempts to overturn the standards that Jesus Christ proclaimed in the Gospel which the Church has held for 2,000 years according to the important journal First Things.
These seem to be the most likely scenarios to explain Francis saying:
"I don't remember the footnote." (Life Site News, April 18,2016)
Whichever the case, as Dr. Spaemann said, the errors in Amoris Laetitia need to be corrected.
Also, the bubble with the seeming nod of approval by Francis have begun what some call a method of operation that appears "quasi-revolutionary."
Vatican experts Matteo Mattuzzi, Maike Hickson and Giuseppe Nardi say the bubble is marginalizing Orthodox prelates in what one calls "strategic moves.
They mention Cardinal Muller, Bishop Vitus Huonder of Chur, Switerland and Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Perfect of the Congregation for Bishops as being minimized, overruled and ignored.
Muller and Huonder as of April 21 are being publicly pressured and rebuked on the official German Bishops Conference website with explicit reference to Amoris Laetitia.
We must give bishops and others Spaemann's interview.
We must pray and offer our Masses that bishops and all the faithful Catholics especially those in the media and in positions of authority will have the actual graces to be courageous like Dr Speamann to correct Pope Francis.