So now both my "lords" are named Francois. What's a man to do?
Congratulations to Cardinal Bergoglio, now His Holiness Pope Francis. Everyone is commenting on the unexpectedness of the result, but wasn't John-Paul II also unexpected? Usually this sort of thing can be seen as a good portent.
President Hollande commented:
I address to the Pope FRANCOIS I my warmest felicitations and my most sincere wishes for the important mission which has just been confided to him at the head of the Catholic Church in order to take up the challenges of the contemporary world. France, faithful to its history and the universal principles of liberty, equality, and fraternity which are the foundation of its action in this world, will pursue the confident dialogue that it has always had with the Holy See, in the service of peace, justice, solidarity, and the dignity of man.I wonder what the new Pope thinks of gay marriage, perhaps Mr. Hollande will consider his views. Within the strictest spirit of fraternal conversation, naturally. The same kind of spirit French Catholics are given by the government and the press.
Speaking of that ephemeral group, French Catholics, Le Figaro reports that about 60% of the French (that is in general) wish for Pope Francis to be more progressive (good luck guys, tell me how it goes) and to be more modern (which might be a good idea, depending on what they mean by "modern").
Vive le Pape!