I'm a Catholic by conversion, because that's what my wife wanted and it didn't matter that much to me. I attended various churches as a child as my mom tried to impose some stability through religion. Then I became a science nerd and got a lot of thoughts that make the Christian version of things seem unlikely. But even if we don't do it because some holy supernatural power wants it, I like the message of kindness and charity and like being part of a community that fosters such things. In theory, anyway. I know of the scandals and the abuses. I've had a lot of lengthy internal dialogs about whether I can continue with my church, which is basically a bunch of nice if out there 60-80 something ladies, when it's part of the big bad.
And here's my thought: if Francis keeps it up, I'll continue. I don't care what the official church position is on anything, really, because it's only people who are closed minded fools that stick their heads in the sand and rant about change. If a homosexual couple can't get a church wedding, but can have a civil wedding, I'm ok. I'm ordained by one of those online churches and I'll do the wedding, even, with as many Catholic trappings as I can get away with, if they want.
Recently our parish priest commented that it wasn't his job to lecture and scold, as often parishioners demand. People got mad about this. They claimed he wasn't really being Catholic because it was his job to impose morality on us, especially the young people. Yet there are no young people—a couple of babies sometimes, a couple of kids other times, and maybe a teen serving as altar server. It's a strange situation where those who want a fire and brimstone church can't realize that they've already lost because their church won't be there in ten or twenty years as they die off. Yet they are certain that they are "more Catholic" than the priest or the Pope, because they find it easier to summon hate against the modern world we live in, instead of trying to understand it and, even if they object or cannot accept it, deal with the reality of the situation.