I was in highschool when Bergogio was elected (senior). All I knew a Pope was elected was a few students watching TV in one of the lounges. I was on my way to class, so all I heard was the name, "Francis". My first thought was that was a horrible Papal name, I had expected a Benedict XVII or another JP, or an outside chance of a Pius XIIIm or even a Gregory. I didn't think any other names would be picked. Certainly not another "John", or a "Paul". So I went off to class (Chemistry), just thinking to myself what an odd name. I was disappointed it wasn't an Italian Pope, I was hoping for one.
I didn't think much of the news when I was working out in the gym, or stopping for a pizza witih friends. But when I got home the national news was on, and my Grandmom said in English, I still remember her voice " Take a look at the oddball they chose!", just as they repeated the clip of Francis appearing on the centeral balcony of St.Peter's. There was Francis, with no papal mozzetta, no stole. I knew at once we were in for trouble, that they had picked a radical liberal. My Grandmom and I both made a face at each other as if to say "we can't stand him".
How right we were!!!!!
HOPEFULLY WE GET A REAL CATHOLIC POPE NEXT TIME....VERY SOON I HOPE.