Disclaimer: I'm not Catholic, the closest I came was a "catechism lite" that I had to take before my first wife and I could become married in a Catholic Church (her father's insistence, he was a K of C). Of course, since I divorced her, I am excommunicated by Canon Law.
That said, the dummies in the Press are overlooking the most important thing about the election of Pope Francis.
He is a Jesuit.
The Jesuits, of course, are the hard-core of the Catholic Church. The "SpecOps", if you will.
I am eagerly awaiting the new Pope's first Encylical, or if not an Encyclical, at least some papal letter that begins to define the Church in the role it used to have, the "original" form of Christianity.
Hell, there was a time when I could read and write in Latin. I had enough of it and tested well enough that I got college credit for a foreign language for my Bachelor of Arts degree.
Yep, the Church, under Pope Francis' leadership, could arrest the slide of Christianity into the dustbin of history. The Church could now give the Muzzies a run for their money.
I will be happy to see Latin Mass again, now only some insignificant "pirate" parishes do them, and at that, they have to be "extra" masses.
I look forward to a vigorous defense of Marriage under Canon Law, and I hope that the Church will see it's way to sanction (de-frock) any priest who fails that Canon law.
Almost everyone who went to a Jesuit school pays taxes, has never been to prison, and either is happily married or has taken the vows of priestly celibacy.
Yep, the Jesuits have the spine to take on our cultural decline, and now they have the leadership to do it as well.