The very first thing Francis does is go to St Mary Major to pray at the tomb of Pius V.
So who was Pope St Pius V? He was a reforming pope who reigned from 1566- 1572. He cleaned up the curia, excommunicated heretical bishops, cleaned up the immorality in the church and swept the church clean– paving the way for the great surge in the church we call the Counter Reformation. He also excommunicated the tyrant Elizabeth I of England and formed the Holy League–a confederation of Catholic armies which eventually defeated the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Lepanto. Pius V also instituted the Feast of Our Lady of Victories (nor the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary). (Source)
Indeed. I was very curious about this myself. Isn’t Pius V kind of important to the Latin Mass, too?
I think some Traditionalists had better cool off for a bit and stop losing their minds. What I’ve been reading on trad blogs is scandalous.
Perhaps Pope Francis did not float their boat as Cardinal Bergoglio, but that is not to say he will not be kind to liturgical restoration as Pope. It is possible, after all, for a humble man to learn and grow. Does not everyone believe that Pope Francis is humble? Exactly, so relax. And chill out. Have Faith that God is not abandoning what He started with Benedict.
And besides, if this man is who I think he will be, the fun has just begun on the reformation front! It’s showtime!