like part of me has no idea how he got elected pope tbh
me neither. they must have quizzed him about Teh Gayz and Teh Ladies and since his views there checked out they thought he’d be down for…
Originally, the conclave wanted to elect Francis and not Benedict. Francis declined, because he’s a Jesuit, and Jesuits cannot be Pope because of the nature of the holy vows they swear, which include absolute obedience to… the Pope, d’hoy.
Then, Benedict resigned. Which is a thing that does not happen. And - this is important, if you’re Catholic - he resigned because his heart was moved to do so while he was in solemn prayer. And Francis was elected, after a very short time. He wept when he accepted the position, because he never wanted the job. It came to him anyway.
I am sure there was a lot of political stuff going on. However, as a Catholic - one who maintains her faith in the Lord and the heart of the Church despite the archaic social policy that she’s maintained (to her detriment) - I believe, quite firmly, that what is happening, now, is the Holy Spirit moving.
The Church will not be transformed today, or tomorrow. It will still be in transition a generation from now, because God moves in his own time and his own ways. But I look at the circumstances around Benedict’s resignation and Francis’ election, and what Francis has done with the position since obtaining it - the chaos he’s been sowing among the moneymakers polluting the temple - and I know in my heart that this is God is calling His Church to heel.
Just one woman’s opinion. But it’s a rather nice thought, isn’t it?