It is not malicious solidarity with Pope Francis to pray for him. Those who agree with Pope Francis on pretty much everything should pray for him. Those who disagree with Pope Francis on pretty much everything should pray for him. It’s “traditional” to pray for the Pope:
V. Let us pray for Francis, the Pope.
R. May the Lord preserve him, give him a long life, make him blessed upon the earth, and may the Lord not hand him over to the power of his enemies.
V. May your hand be upon your holy servant.
R. And upon your son whom you have anointed.
Let us pray. O God, the Pastor and Ruler of all the faithful, look down, in your mercy, upon your servant, Francis, whom you have appointed to preside over your Church; and grant, we beseech you, that both by word and example, he may edify all those under his charge; so that, with the flock entrusted to him, he may arrive at length unto life everlasting. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
About those words “holy servant” or the vocative title “Holy Father” or, for those in the Pontifical Household, “Most Holy Father,” we have to realize that “holy” in the most ancient sense refers to being chosen out of, set apart, and hasn’t necessarily to do with whether we are canonizing anyone. In fact, the prayer is about the Pope subjunctively getting to heaven, which is in question. Get that? And that will permit the lefties, who think there is no such thing as holiness, to pray for him. And that will permit the traditional-ism-ists, who don’t think of Pope Francis as “holy”, to pray for him as well.
I hope that people would pray for me while I’m still alive. I need all the help I can get, and I’m just a back-mountain country priest in the tiniest of all parishes. Imagine the horror that Satan puts any Pope through.
When I die, I hope people pray for me that I might be able to get out of purgatory. If I go to hell your prayers go for others. If I go to heaven your prayers go for others. But if I am indeed in purgatory otherwise until the end of the world, you would do me a great favor by praying a Hail Mary for me and getting me on my way to heaven. Wouldn’t it be terrible for a priest to know that he is in purgatory until the end of the world unless someone prays a Hail Mary for him, as he watches his entire parish from purgatory, and everyone in the parish is saying that Father George was so holy, so surely he went straight to heaven, and we don’t need to pray for him, and so we won’t pray for him. And I’m going, like, “No! Instead, please pray a Hail Mary for me! Pleeeeaaaasse!”
On the one hand, it is malicious solidarity with Pope Francis to be a “Yes”-man who just says anything one thinks Pope Francis wants to hear. That would be evil and bad. I hope that I am not ever a sycophant of anyone.
On the other hand, humor is not malicious solidarity as there is always some bit of truth in the humor, which can be a backhanded critique:
“Cute” is nice. But the first thing we would want anyone to say about any of us is that we speak of Jesus, right? Is that the first thing people say about us, that we speak of Jesus? And so, we pray for each other. Also for the Pope. It would be downright malicious not to pray for each other, or specifically, not to pray for the Pope.