|Vinita Hampton Wright|
challenges of our time, what enduring practices might help Pope Francis lead in an exceptional way?
Self-awareness. The Church is in need of a leader who is not afraid to look honestly at the difficulties and challenges facing the Catholic community. This self-assessment can lead to understanding and healing. Self-awareness will also help the Church see its gifts and abilities and celebrate them.
Ingenuity. The Jesuits are well-known for innovation, for adapting to change in a heartbeat, for solving problems seemingly too complex or big to solve. We need a good problem solver at the head of the Catholic family, someone who does not shrink away from advances in technology, medicine, philosophy, and consciousness. A wise pope will teach us how to become more flexible, more willing to learn, more courageous to enter new realms of knowledge and ministry.