Well, Pope Francis has left the United States and left in his wake some Republicans such as John Boehner wondering which moral and ethical principles a Catholic must adhere to in the political world. There is no doubt that John Boehner was impacted–as a Catholic- regarding his political beliefs–and behavior- which resulted in his departure as leader of House Republicans. Unfortunately, Catholics like Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush were left in confusion regarding moral issues for a Catholic.
For Pope Francis, the real story is what comes next in his life as a Catholic leader.For example:
1. Can he institute any changes for the role of women in the Catholic church?
2. Can he speak for the rights of homosexuals as Catholics?
3. Can he alter the power of conservative Cardinals?
4. Can he address the issue of birth control and abortion?
Most probably the answers to these questions begin by reducing the power of conservative Cardinals to hamper reform.