To liberal supporters of Pope Francis
It's hard to imagine that Francis is unaware that the miracle is fake. He's the top man in the Catholic Church; the "miracle" is a renowned one which has been performed since the 14th century; the information about how such tricks are done is widely available. Yet when this scam was repeated in his very presence, he let it pass without comment. For that matter, even before visiting Naples he was no doubt aware of this and other cases of conjuring tricks being passed off as authentic miracles to impress the credulous. He has done nothing to suppress, much less expose, the use of such deliberate deceptions to enhance the Church's prestige.
Francis has won praise from some liberals in our country for a few extemporaneous remarks which sound less hostile to gays and other "sinners" than the Church has traditionally been (and these remarks have also aroused alarm among more traditional / bigoted Catholics). But there has been no substantive change. And Francis has shown no interest in dismantling the vast framework of lies and trickery, of which faked miracles like this one are just one example, which the Church uses to maintain its prestige and back up its supernatural claims (here's another case of obvious deliberate lying about something very easily checked), and to keep the rubes donating from their meager incomes to top up its vast wealth. Apparently he is not only quite comfortable with such scams, but also fairly confident that God too finds them acceptable.
About the worst Catholic scandal of all, the systematic cover-up of child molestation by clergy and the world-wide pattern of shielding the molesters from prosecution, Francis has similarly made some noises that sound good, but has not taken the one step that would actually be meaningful -- a clear and firm directive that accused priests must be turned over to civil police and courts for trial rather than dealt with through the Church's internal disciplinary procedures.
So, where Francis is concerned, liberals should focus on substance rather than being impressed by a few examples of friendly-sounding but empty rhetoric. The Catholic Church is an irredeemably evil and corrupt institution. It won't change because of one man who, on all evidence, doesn't want to change it anyway. It won't change, period. It can't. It is what it is.