I am wrong as usual

Bergoglio. The guy wasn’t even on my radar.

Leaving aside what it must feel like to be elected to the most powerful position in your world only after five ballots — this is a vote of confidence? — I’m cautiously optimistic. No, he’s not a reformer, but this is a very conservative crowd of Cardinals; the closest things they have to reformers are Turkson and O’Malley, and nobody would call them progressives. Bergoglio does seem to be an honest, honorable, humble man, though, and I think that’s the best we could have hoped for.

On Francis, and on the Jesuits, more tomorrow. Or, more tomorrow from Sam Cabot, who, as my grandfather would have put it, has what to say.

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