An FSSP priest I know religiously follows Canon 212 for Catholic news headlines to this day. Odds are he's also reading this too, myself pleasantly surprised once I learned he follows The Okie Traditionalist.
(Hey Padre, did JH ever get ahold of you after visiting The Sooner State? Hope it's okay dropping your initials JH (who reads these pages too))
And it is in large part because of Canon 212, i.e its editor Frank Walker, that these pages have become widely circulated. So I take the risk going out on a limb asking the question--have you Canon 212 daily junkies--like myself--noticed some substantial, question-raising changes in focus and tone in say the last six months or so? Several trad friends have made that observation as of late and I quietly nodded in concurence. Would love to hear from Frank in the comments below.
The whole ongoing question of the canonical and moral legimitacy of Francis' papacy seems to me certainly valid. But the apparently daily-weekly feud between Frank and Steve Skojec over this, with ongoing counter-remarks it seems, including a mud fight between opposing parties over the question, seems at least a distraction and at worst to clutter up the Canon 212 website.
Canon 212 is, or has been, primarily a traditionalist Catholic news conglomerate.
Frankly (pun intended), I'm at a loss why much of the headlines are now written with added editorial flavor of a polemical and snarky tone. Which I get doing about some headlines here and there, to leave your own mark on the story, but not most unless the theme of Canon 212 has changed from being an unbiased presentation of the news to a satirical editorial.
Which would be fine that change has not been officially stated. Or am I off in seeing a shift??
I've wondered how Frank keeps all the details arranged in his mind every day to organize his topics. But these last many months the headlines it seems have become top heavy and saturated about "The EvilFrancis Pontificate" to the point I personally wonder how long that focus can last without tiring readers. Which is why I've been skimming through those headlines now for a while.
To answer my question, no I don't think Canon212 has necessarily gone through a paradigm shift, but more a phase of indignation about the sitting pontiff and those who would defend such a man.
Anyhoo, it's time for bed. Would welcome feedback from Frank as to the question at hand as I'd wager a steak dinner he's been getting asked similar curious questions as of late. And I trust he won't take offense to my current critique because he knows I'm just a big, soft teddy bear.
Do I owe Frank a steak dinner? Or have others noticed the same?
Edit: see Frank’s reply below in the comment box.