The same glimmer of hope for a new beginning came to me at the news of the pope’s passing. Despite his stance against war and capital punishment (as per the comment by meg), the church’s position of the church on just about everything else has left me less and less able to reconnect to the faith of my childhood (and early adulthood). I’d love to see a new pope who’d want to open the church up for room for a lot more.

But I’m not holding my breath.