The archbishop of Buenos Aires is the Argentine-born son of an Italian railway worker. Seen as a compassionate conservative, he reportedly came in second during the 2005 balloting that ultimately elected Benedict XVI.
The Jesuit prizes simplicity and humility and would encourage priests to do shoe-leather evangelization, his biographer says.
He’s the first Jesuit Pope and first from Latin America. At the same time he believes that marriage equality is the work of Satan. On the other hand, he takes public transportation and cooks his own meals.
I call it a push.