Waiting for Concrete
It's a serious question -- he's named a handful of bishops, taken the tiara off the crest, given a stirring plate of platitudes, presided over a spectacular Corpus Christi, confirmed WYD, the Synod and named Levada to CDF. And the Germans have had some catfights.
But has there been a single consequential move on the part of the Pope? Not yet.
By "consequential," I mean something which sets a defined tone strong enough to last beyond his pontificate and be a point of resonance to the wider church. We haven't seen that to this point.
Creating new cardinals (coming in Sept./Oct.) would be a consequential gesture, as they would elect a successor. An encyclical, a formal synthesis of thought to last for time immemorial, would be a consequential gesture. A major pronouncement of whatever sort would be a consequential gesture. But we're still left hanging.
So what will that first concrete act be? Anyone's guess right now -- encyclical in December, cardinals in September, but will anything big come of the first 100 days? It's an open question and a point to be made. I'm eagerly awaiting the answer.