I'm not sure what your problem with the thread is now, Mike. Haven't I dealt with the accusations you made? The Church has, is, and always will be a staunch defender of the only true marriage which is only between one man and one woman.
In fact, this fact is tightly coupled to a root of our theology, which is that the relationship between a man an a woman mysteriously symbolizes the relationship between Jesus and His bride, the Church.
This is so fundamental in Catholic belief that if the Church were ever to accept so-called "same-sex" marriage, the beliefs would no longer resemble anything that is Catholic. And so it will never happen.
As to whether the Pope needs to come out "John the Baptist style" and issue condemnations about what America is doing with regard to this issue is a matter of pure opinion. Perhaps you would like it to be that way, but would America listen, and what really could they do?
What good would the Pope coming out and blatantly condemning so-called gay marriage do? Faithful Catholics already hold that view. Unfaithful Catholics and non-Catholics in general ignore the Pope. Those who already believe in one man one woman marriage would cheer the pope's words while those who do not would jeer them. And as for the majority of Americans who see the pope as nothing more than a man in a dress or perhaps a curiosity, they would simply turn a blind ear to his words or, being deaf already, wouldn't be morally impacted by the weight of such a delivery.
The way that we are going to be able to change this in America is for faithful Christians to return to penance and prayer. We will need that strengthening in faith that penance and prayer provide by the grace of God to overcome this and return to God's established order. If there is one thing that I believe that the Pope should do is provide a catechesis on and a strong call for the return to penance and prayer. And naturally prayer leads to action, and that could mean being active in government and other organizations which would have a political bent to them. That is how stuff gets done in a democracy. The counterattack needs to be both spiritual and tangible, but invisible and visible. To change people and cultures, who are both spiritual and tangible, you need to do both.
Either way we are going to prepare for a persecution. America is going to endure a long trial of suffering that will certainly come from this chapter of the American experiment before it sees the error of its ways. But for that to happen we are going to need some martyrs: witnesses for the truth of God, who are prepared to suffer and sometimes die for the cause of truth.
Putting so much emphasis on "What will the Pope do or say?" is very shortsighted and frankly, naive. The wider world is already bathed in so many sins, of which one more country accepting so-called "gay marriage" is not even the greatest. The pope is not a magician who can wave his pen and cause people everywhere to revile their sinful ways.
Perhaps, Mike, you could turn all that energy you have for attacking the Pope and the Church and turn it into making a real difference in the world by joining the cause of prayer and penance and action to overturn these sinful strongholds in this fallen culture. Otherwise you are just a distraction for Catholics in this forum away from the real work that needs to be done.