John Allen has a round up here of what some of the world’s cardinals think of Pope Francis on the first anniversary of his election.
Symbolically, Francis, 77, has changed the narrative about Catholicism. Substantively, he has taken bold steps toward reform and reoriented the church toward the political and cultural center after years of a perceived drift toward ever more hardline stands.
For all those reasons, the full measure of his impact so far runs well beyond the power structure of the Catholic Church.
Despite that point — or, perhaps, precisely because of it — many observers can’t help wondering what the 114 cardinals who thrust this maverick onto the Throne of Peter are thinking today.
Go here to read the whole report.