Pope Francis – Ross Douthat

Pope Francis I – Ross Douthat: “First, whatever correlations of factions and forces within the conclave produced this result, Bergoglio won relatively swiftly, which — joined to his runner-up status last time, in a conclave that had a very different slate of cardinal electors — suggests a man with deep reservoirs of support and goodwill among his fellow prelates. Even if he was a compromise choice of some sort, his fellow electors were clearly quite happy to make it.”

A hopeful observation; may it be so! And a style note: until/unless some future Pope takes the name, it’s not Francis I, it’s simply Francis.