|Church of St Francis, Assisi, Italy|
Yeah, Jorge has a history. And, based on that history, he is not likely to become a friend to the LGBT communities of the US or Argentina or Europe or anywhere else, anytime soon.
But he also has a history of service to the poorest of the poor and a prayerful humility that is fertile ground for seeds of change. Perhaps those seeds will sprout and grow this time around.
While I question Pope Francis' sexual and theological orthodoxy, I recognize that Jorge Mario Bergoglio is a very different sort of man than was Joseph Ratzinger. And that Pope Francisco will be a very different Pope than Benedict.
Today, a little over a day since this Pope was elected, I think it is premature to assume that the man in the white cassock is going to act exactly like the man who wore the red one on Tuesday.
While I am not optimistic about any forward movement of the Catholic Church in its stance toward gay, Lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, neither am I entirely pessimistic about the new Pope.
My gut feeling says, wait.