We face some serious challenges, as Church:
- to promote, in practical ways, a culture of life when our culture has embraced choice;
- to practice repentance and self-control, at a time when indulgence is everywhere;
- to love and serve the poor from our own resources, when more than ever people will think "That's the government's job."
His election does represent a new step in making our culture color-blind, and that is good.
I hope he is less likely to want to meddle in other parts of the world (like Iraq and the Russia/Georgia conflict), and have a more balanced view of the Middle East; time will tell. God give him wisdom, and protect him, and save our nation.
We are moving ever more rapidly to the situation the Church faced before the edict of Milan. Now, on with the work of repentance...