I didn't grow up in any kind of church and came to faith as a young man and basically I'm of a Protestant bent in my beliefs. Not any particular denomination, just sort of a general Evangelical I suppose (minus the Churchianity nonsense infecting modern Evangelicalism). But even I admit that despite my issues with Catholic theology, there are a number of things about Catholicism I admire. I find many of their rituals absolutely beautiful, and many of my favorite political thinkers of the libertarian/alternative right are Catholics. But I was recently reminded why I could never call myself a Catholic.
It seems that Pope Francis has tipped his progressive/socialist hand yet again, calling for more "legitimate income redistribution" throughout the world. Now, the idiotic statements of this old man do not in and of themselves disqualify Catholicism in my mind, after all as I've pointed out before, Evangelicalism is certainly full of some rather questionable leaders. But what really points out why I can't be a Catholic is demonstrated in some of the mental gymnastics conservative and libertarian Catholics have had to do to defend this man's idiocy. And there in lies my biggest issue with Catholicism, it places its faith not just in God, but in a man and in an office. When one of the leaders of Evangelical culture says something stupid, I don't have to have a crisis of faith the way some Catholics are over this Pope. Because that person is just a man. A fallible fallen man. For all its faults Evangelical culture doesn't claim that any of our leaders act as the voice of God, and therefore we don't have to worry about our faith being shaken because an old man in Italy said some evil and stupid things.
For all the things I admire about the Catholic Church, I can't overlook that to me it seems like the way they regard a fallible man in the Vatican crosses the line from faith into the realm of superstition.