One of the biggest questions about Pope Francis is whether he will be a politically activist pontiff who - much as he has done in
During his years as Archbishop of
After his election Wednesday as the fist pope from
"Francis may become a critic of governments such as those in
"The new pope could definitely have a political impact if he visits these countries, and speaks his mind," Alvarez added.
While supporters of
Politically, Francis follows his recent predecessors' tradition of criticizing social inequality and rampant capitalism. But he has little patience with governments that allow gay marriages, abortions, give away contraceptives or preach social hatred.
In 2010, Bergoglio led the movement against Fernandez's bill to allow gay marriage. "It's an attempt to destroy God's plan," he wrote in a letter before
More recently, he spoke out against the country's political polarization, which critics blame on Fernandez's inflammatory speeches that sometimes sound like those of late Venezuelan President
And the new pope recently spoke about the "painful emigrations and the lack of future" that many young Argentines are suffering from, a not-so-veiled criticism of
My opinion: Francis may not have the same political impact on
Even if he does not become a political activist but travels to
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