It seems that many traditionalists on the right are fearful that the new pope will finally implement many of the changes that many of us had hoped would come out of the Second Vatican Council.
One of the conservative Catholic blogs had this to say. “This is one of the worst possible men to be elected pope if you are a traditionalist. This is totally depressing. The last one out of the Church please turn off the lava lamp.” A journalist in Buenos Aires, writing for conservative blog Rorate-Caeli, “Of all the unthinkable candidates Jorge Mario Bergoglio is perhaps the worst.” said Mario Gonzales calling Francis “A sworn enemy of the traditional Mass.”
And here is a good one. Adam DeVille, a theology professor at the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, implies that it is time that conservatives start being less concerned about what the pope does or says.
“Yes, he is the Bishop of Rome. Yes, he has a special place in the Church. But people need to wean themselves off looking to him constantly and assuming that everything he does we have to do.”
Wow! How quickly things can change!
Pope Francis presents us with such a dramatic shift in his mode of operation as Bishop of Rome and Chief Shepherd of the Universal Church, that it is only natural to see here or there a little pushing back. This is especially true by those Catholicis who have never been reconciled with celebrating the Sacraments- espeically the mass- in the language of the people. They hunger for Latin. However, today, I find that most of us are somewhat deficient in Latin.
I for one, am wonderfully excited by the hope, the optimism, the simplicity, and the innate goodness of this quiet man from Argentina. Long may he reign, but may he also retire with a few years left to enjoy being out of office.
Onward through the fog.