I can just see him having an impact on the Latin world just when it is so sorely needed, I see him being accepted by the Europeans because his ancestry is Italian, appealling to intellectuals.
If, as has been reported on FR, the name Francis comes from St. Francis Xavier, it gives him a connection to Asia and evangelization.
He is strongly, pro-life, anti-homosexuality, (Hate the si, not the sinner.) I haven’t read anything I haven’t liked so far. Those who are attacking him are doing so by pointing out his faithfulness to Church teaching.
Actually, in that case, he would have taken the whole name Francis Xavier - but he took Francis, because the charge given to St. Francis (of Assisi) was “Rebuild My Church.”
Also, Francis went on pilgrimage everywhere, even going to preach to the Muslims, who were so surprised by his audacity that they didn’t even behead him (it is said that their leader did become a Christian secretly after Francis returned home). Francis is also very popular in the Eastern Church. I think he’s regarded as a “Holy Fool,” that most Russian of saints.
Francis was a great evangelizer, and of course, Latin America was evangelized by a combination of the Jesuits, the Dominicans - and the Franciscans, with the latter group probably having been the most successful.
Some people are speculating that this will have an impact on the very disorderly Jesuit order, too.
I think people should calm down. Bergoglio wouldn’t have been my first choice, but what do I know? And I think we know enough good things about him to be encouraged.
My only fear is that he won’t be strong enough to stand up to the curial monsters who basically brought down BXVI.
Assisi, not Xavier.
Actually, not everyone has been attacking him by pointing out his faithfulness.
I think he is putting too much emphasis on the poor (although we will see if he keeps this up in the coming months and years), and I think he is being very imprudent and taking unnecessary security risk like riding the bus instead of a bulletproof car, and worse yet, going into St. Peter’s square on foot.
If you ask me, this is asking for trouble, especially if he makes this a regular habit. He is not respecting his own life enough.
Actually he has taken Francis of Assisi as his inspiration.