On one hand, he lives up to the name he chose--Francis. He doesn't just preach living a life of doing good to the poor and doing without finery and pride, he lives it. I admire that in him. I admire that he extended the washing of the feet to women as well as men, and that he is living simply. I admire that he is hugging, touching, mingling with the very poor and ill and reaching out to people of all faiths, not just Catholics, or even just Christians.
On the other hand, I've read Malachi Martin's [i]The Jesuits[/i] and [i]The Keys to this Blood[/i]. Martin, a former Jesuit himself, was still an ordained priest when he wrote the books, and he went in depth about the roots of the Jesuit movement and the schism of the movement with the papacy and how it formed. He explained how the cause for social justice and the influence of Marxism became rampant first in the Jesuit order, then in many of the other missionary and teaching orders of the Catholic Church. While it is not Marxism on the full scale we see in China or Cuba or the former USSR, it is a definite Marxist influence in their thinking, perhaps more like what we see in South Africa or Bolivia.
So my vote with Pope Francis 1 ?... hopeful, worried, waiting and watching.