I was brought back to God by Christians, slowly, when I started being educated by them on how disastrous unfettered license is to society, particularly regarding sexual behavior.
Their arguments were absolutely compelling - sexual behavior is appropriate in the context of a married husband and wife, and destructive otherwise. They posted clear reasoning explaining why, and lots of statistics proving that - celibacy outside of marriage and faithful sexuality within it is the healthiest and best way to live from an emotional, social and spiritual POV. Even though I originally held to the alternative belief (that is, people should express their sexuality in other ways), after a lot of study it became clear to me that religion was right after all, and the sexual revolution terribly destructive to individuals and to society.
These individuals, mainly bloggers, most of them Catholic, were (and still are!) very conservative. And they are very skeptical of Pope Francis, some of them feel he might not even be a real believing Catholic. And some of them have deep sympathies with SSPX and nothing good to say about Vatican II. Those seem to believe that Pope Francis is going to sell them out regarding abortion and other core tenets of the Catholic faith.
I’m not trying to open a huge can of worms here. I’m just wondering why these particular conservative Catholics are so distrustful of Pope Francis. Is this mostly about people who have fear at the core of their religious identity instead of love (after all, perfect love casteth out fear - no truer words were ever written)?
And I want to add - I consider these people to be very sincere religious believers and a lot of what they write I agree with.