So, what if a cardinal who has been the on the receiving end of a constant wave of criticism is elected? Does the criticism come to an end? Do we presume to know better than the Holy Spirit? Or do we pick and choose which Popes we think were elected by the work of the Spirit and those elected, God forbid, by an infiltration of the Enemy?
Part of me would like to see a Pope who talks softly and carries a big stick, someone who won't mince words and will drive the heretics from the Church the way Christ drove the mercenaries from the Temple. The other part of me thinks there are an awful lot of souls that need saving, and yielding a whip might not be the answer to leading a greater number of them to salvation.
It seems to me that perhaps the greatest injustice we can commit is to give up on souls who appear to have wandered off the narrow path. Would the world come to an end if either of the men I mentioned above are elected to be the Vicar of Christ?
It will end one day. How many souls will be grasped from the jaws of Hell before it does?
I don't have an answer, I'm just thinking out loud and would enjoy hearing your thoughts as well.