And the Rev. John Rosson, pastor of St. Mary’s Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, called the selection “a sensational, spectacular, stunning choice to lead the church. … This is a global moment for a global church. It’s a time of tremendous hope.”
In this moment of hope, the Catholic Church should consider taking another Latin phrase to heart: Carpe diem. “Seize the day.” Leaders should take the opportunity of a new papacy to bring light to some of the church’s financial workings, to aid to those who need it most, to take a more reform-minded approach to the world and to renew trust among the faithful.