Mark Mallet has written a comprehensively thoughtful piece every Catholic who thinks highly of Pope Francis ought to read... as should every accuser who has smeared his good name:
I’VE been getting bagfuls of letters, very concerned letters, since the Synod on the Family began in Rome last year. That stream of worry didn’t let up the past few weeks as the closing sessions began to wrap up. At the center of these letters were consistent fears regarding the words and actions, or lack thereof, of his Holiness Pope Francis. And so, I did what any ex-news reporter would do: go to the sources. And without fail, ninety-nine percent of the time, I found that the links people sent me with heinous charges against the Holy Father were due to:
- words of the Holy Father taken out of context;
- incomplete phrases extracted from homilies, interviews, etc. by the secular media;
- quotes that were not compared to earlier statements and teachings of the Pontiff;
- Christian fundamentalist sources that, relying on dubious prophecy, theology, and bias, immediately paint the Pope as a false prophet or heretic;
- Catholic sources that have bought into heretical prophecy;
- a lack of proper discernment and theology on prophecy and private revelation; 
- poor theology of the papacy and Christ’s Petrine promises. 
And so, I have written time and again to explain and qualify the Pope’s words, to point out the errors in the mainstream media, the errors in theology, and even the false presumptions and paranoia in the Catholic media. I simply waited for the transcripts, homilies, published apostolic exhortations or encyclicals, read them cover to cover in their proper context, and responded. As I said, ninety-nine percent of the time, the interpretation of the reader was wrong for the reasons above. Still, I received this letter yesterday from a man purporting to be a faithful Catholic:
Let me make this simple for you. Bergoglio was elected by demons. Yes, the Church will survive, thanks be to God, and not you. Bergoglio was elected by demons. They attempt to subvert the Church by attacking the Family, and promoting every sort of illicit, however popular, sexual relationship. Are you stupid? Stop it—you are going astray. In the name of Jesus, stop your obstinance.
While most readers have been far more charitable, I have been accused more than once of papalotry, of being blind, of not listening to my conscience, of being… stupid. But, as I wrote this time last year, many of these people are acting on a Spirit of Suspicion.Therefore, it doesn’t matter what the Pope says: if he says nothing, he is therefore complicit with heresy; if he defends truth, then he is lying. It’s both sad and funny how these souls, in defense of orthodoxy, transgress the very heart of the Gospel—which is to love your enemy—by spewing the most astonishing venom toward the Pope.
Brothers and sisters, it is not papalotry to defend the office of Peter, much less defend the holder of that office, particularly when he is falsely accused. Neither is it wrong for those of you, alert to the swelling apostasy and false prophets among us, to wonder whether the Holy Father’s approach is the right one. However, more than proper decorum, more than simple courtesy, it is imperative that we strive to preserve the unity of the Church  by not only praying for the Pope and all clergy, but by obeying and respecting them even when we may not like their pastoral approach or personality.
Much more at the link, all of it worthy of your perusal and particularly relevant now that at the end of the Synod on the Family, the Church's orthodoxy under his leadership has yet again been upheld.