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Pope Francis marked his second anniversary yes-
terday riding a wave of popularity that has rein-
vigorated the Catholic Church in ways not seen
since the days of St John Paul II. He s also entering
a challenging third year, facing dissent from within
on everything from financial reform to family issues.
Is the honeymoon over?
According to the Pew Research Center, not by a
long shot, at least as far as ordinary faithful are con-
cerned: Nine out of ten US Catholics have a favorable
view of Francis, including six in ten who have a "very
favorable" view. Those are rankings not seen since
John Paul s rock star days. And they trump the favor-
ability ratings for Pope Benedict XVI even among
more orthodox, church-going Catholics.
"Two years after his election, Francis has made
the face of the papacy irreversible," Italian Vatican
analyst Marco Politi wrote recently. "Returning to a
doctrinaire, absolute monarch, icon-pope will never
be possible, without a dramatic loss in contact with
contemporary society, believers and non-believers
Yet opposition abounds, most vocally among com-
mentators but also some cardinals and bishops: Tra-
ditionalist Catholics have been joined by more main-
stream conservatives who cringe at his
mercy-over-morals priorities and apparent willingness
to entertain pastoral approaches that might not follow
Rome s rulebook.
And two years on, he s still an impossible-to-label
pontiff, a social justice-minded Jesuit who firmly
upholds church doctrine on abortion, but willingly
counsels transgender couples. He calls himself a
faithful son of the church but dismisses theologians
as obstacles to evangelisation.
Here are five things to look for in Francis third
year, one that will take him to Ecuador, Paraguay
and Bolivia in July, the United States in September,
and a planned visit to the Central African Republic
and Uganda at the end of the year.
Francis was elected on a mandate to bring order
and financial transparency to the Vatican adminis-
tration after years of mismanagement and scandal.
Tangible results have been achieved and more are
on the horizon.
Francis gave Australian Cardinal George Pell, head
of the new Secretariat for the Economy, broad powers
to exercise "economic control and vigilance" over all
Vatican departments, which have long operated as
individual fiefdoms in both operations and budget.
Pell took that mandate and ran with it, reportedly
seeking to bring management of some Vatican assets
--- including its vast real estate holdings --- under his
That dismayed the Vatican old guard and legal
office, which expressed concern about checks and
balances. By all indications, Francis has clipped his
wings somewhat: The statutes of the Secretariat
which Francis approved last month make clear that
it oversees, but does not manage, Vatican assets.
As with any reform plan, there has been opposition
--- from prelates resisting full disclosure and fearful
of losing power. Francis didn t engender much good
will (or holiday cheer) with his Christmas dressing
down of the Vatican Curia, when he ticked off 15
ailments they suffered, including "spiritual
While no heads are expected to roll, there will be
some reshuffling once Francis first administrative
reforms take shape, with the creation of two new
congregations --- one for laity, another for justice and
charity --- that will absorb a half-dozen smaller pon-
Perhaps no unpublished papal document in recent
history has generated more controversy, anticipation
and anxiety than Francis upcoming encyclical on
the environment. (Continues on page A27)
Pope Francis passes past a portrait of himself as he
arrives to meet youths in Santo Tomas University in
Manila, Philippines in January. AP PHOTO
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