I have no particular opinion of the Bishop of Rome. He has been a faithful inquisitor, but that was his selected role. He fufilled that vocation very well, even though disagree with his views about, say, gender.
One German woman was very pleased that he was selected. The reporter asked her what she thought he should do. "let a woman become pope" she said. She said it so earnestly, obviously thinking that a German pope might be as modern as the German populace.
The reporter was very amused. The woman clearly didn't know very much about her church. Her comrades were very pleased. Sure he's conservative, but at least he's German. Like most of Europe, they'll ignore his teachings, but enjoy the man.
And I guess that's the nice thing about being a modern Catholic. Perhaps it's not hypocrisy, but just a realization that the ideal world is different than the real world, and thank God they don't control the states anymore.
My fellow liberals, he will have a different role as pope than he did as Grand Inquisitor. We don't know how he will choose to make his presence felt - take back Spain from the epicureans, perhaps? We have our own soup kitchens to tend to, our own battles to fight. Perhaps he will show strength in liberality, balancing the sad lack of conviction our own archbishop has shown these days.
Most of my secular friends are a bit disappointed. I, myself, am intrigued by his selection. I had heard he supported the rivals in Plano. Perhaps they might find the Roman church a more sympathetic place now. Wait and see.