Because of stuff like this:
- Little facts about his record. Well-rounded. Is the pope Catholic, we always worry? Yes, it turns out he is.
- And because a serious attitude towards gospel poverty (at which I utterly absolutely totally stink) and evangelization is what the Church needs. Now and always.
Hat tip to Fr. Z, who gets accused of many things, for calling off the dogs on his end of the liturgical spectrum. And for getting our brains on straight, thank Margaret Rose Realy, who’s posted the Thursday prayer for priests.
Let me just point out that even though I can be the worst of complainers (and I’m sure others find plenty to complain about in me, rightly so), from the day these guys begin to answer their vocation, they spend the whole rest of their lives under constant attack — sometimes from us in the pews, always from the one who hates them most.
Why would the new pope begin his pontificate by a) praying for his predecessor, and then b) asking us to pray for him? Because it’s what is needed.