Many liberal-minded people may have disagreed profoundly with the late Pope, but at least he came across as fairly human. Hearing that the new one doesn't even have the endearing personality of John Paul II is worrying in the current (polarising) state of world affairs. What the world doesn't need is another militant authoritarian. It seems the Catholic Church is becoming more and more blinkered to the social and scientific realities of the world around it. (Wouldn't teaching values with a firm reason behind them be far more useful than warning people against thewrath of God?) An inflexibly intolerant religion in a world that needs conciliation, a bastion of male supremacy when the world needs to do far more to include women.
Given the late Pope's wide media exposure, the Church could so easily be a shining role model for the world's leaders and peoples. Instead, it's become just one more fundamentalist faith adding to the troubles of the world. Fantastic. Thank you very much.
And that's my two cents' worth.