The new Pope seems to be the one whom many were looking when John-Paul II was elected so you’d have to say better late than never. I don’t think anyone ever believed the Church was going to enter a period when it was going to actually lead. But dammit, there was no bloody need for them to protect every right-wing crazy general in the political field. Nor the unconscionable time it took to respond to dangerous people in its midst.
I missed the call, the Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum, this time. And funnily enough I believed the election would be rapid. But I happened to switch on the telly right at the moment when he moved onto the balcony below the pediment on St Peters. So I was given pause when he asked the people in the plaza to pray for him and then knelt to pray himself. This before giving the papal blessing.
What will it mean. To me I hope it will mean a clean out of a lot of careerist people in the curia but more importantly it might mean a distancing from the ultra right that are perhaps the more dangerous group. But the thing about the Church and pretty much any church is they are conservative by nature and if they don’t watch and control the reactionary then the avant garde ( the youth) will simply leave. And with their leaving comes the very thing feared by the old guard. Except instead of newness destroying, withering does the same only vastly quicker.
Will it mean women priests, no. Will it mean a change in doctrine, absolutely not. The man is a Jesuit.
My mother broke bones in her foot a few weeks ago. Fixed now, but while she had the cast she couldn’t drive. So I spent vast amounts of time going hither and yon.