In my novel Pontiff I imagined a deadlocked conclave electing an African cardinal known mainly for standing up to his country’s evil dictator. No one had any idea about his theology or politics.
Nothing like this happened today. Much will be made of Pope Francis’s humility and humanity and learning. He took the bus to work! He’s an accomplished theologian (whatever that may mean)! He washed the feet of AIDS victims (or something)! He’s critical of capitalism!
But this is all beside the point. The doctrines are the same. The attitudes are the same. Here he is blaming the Argentine gay marriage law on the devil:
Let’s not be naive: This is not a simple political fight; it is a destructive proposal to God’s plan. This is not a mere legislative proposal (that’s just it’s form), but a move by the father of lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God… Let’s look to St. Joseph, Mary, and the Child to ask fervently that they defend the Argentine family in this moment… May they support, defend, and accompany us in this war of God.
According to Wikipedia, he believes that adoption by same-sex couples is a form of discrimination against children and opposed the free distribution of contraceptives in Argentina.
The only way the Church is going to change is if the new pope appoints cardinals who are doctrinally more diverse than the current batch. You decide if that’s good for the world (and the Church) or not.