I don't think he is pope. Even if I did, I still wouldn't call him "pope" because he would be such a bad one. We cannot afford to help tyrants, traitors, and usurpers by being obsequious Eddie Haskells.
The meaning is clear: "I hate Americans so much that, for me, their criticism is a badge of honor."
You seem to think it works this way: If Benedict is pope now, and then he dies, that suddenly makes Francis pope! Doesn't work that way, and nobody thinks it works that way, except you.
The "gospa" on multiple occasions has spoken rank heresy. Therefore, the apparitions are either human frauds, or are demonic.