Whether it's listing their “spiritual diseases” or denouncing them for living like princes, throughout his papacy Francis has been tough on any priest or bishop he thinks is clinging on to old privileges and rigid certainties.
Twelve years ago the soon-to-be Pope Benedict XVI warned that the Church must hold on to the truth in the face of changing fads and fashions.
Pope Emeritus Benedict returned to the theme in the message he sent for the funeral last week of his friend, Cardinal Joachim Meisner.
Moments after his election as Pope, Francis stepped out of the Sistine Chapel, through the Sala Regia, and into the Pauline Chapel. A throne had been set up for him but instead he asked the two cardinals accompanying him to sit and pray with him on the back pew.
With the daunting problems of terrorism, climate change and growing inequality, to whom can a world leader turn to unburden their problems and receive some sage advice? Pope Francis, it seems, has now become one of their first ports of call.