Personally, while I don't know about Francis specifically (beyond a brief headline that he's pretty conservative), I do think that they were wise NOT to go for an American. Numerically Catholicism has a stronghold in South America and is growing in Africa. It looked to me like picking an American would be an attempt to pick up numbers here, and that sort of thing seldom works out well.<quoted text>
I like it. To be quite honest, the thought of an Irish Mic from the US scared me. What especially concerned me was all the nattering naybobs from the US who they interviewed who were visiting the Vatican who were bleating on with their stupidities about women priests and other nonsense. Though I do have to agree with the lefties about celibate priests ... in the first world, it has created a club of falsetto-voiced men who live in a closet. Not so sure about that in the second and third worlds, though.
The essence of what is Catholicism lies outside of the US. The Argentinian is going to have a better grasp of this than some doofus from the west.
Certainly was moved by mention of his concern for the poor, and asking the crowd to bless him. I don't think he faces easy issues in the church, either practically or spiritually.