What may matter more than the new pope's nationality is his commitment to allowing the growth of lay leadership and culturally sensitive worship that is at the heart of the success of the Pentecostal movement.
If you don't like the fellow whom the cardinals elect, then there are always other elections to look forward to. It seems a safe bet that our fascination with the practices and outcome of that future election will be just keen then as it is now -- just as it was 500 years ago.
As the conclave begins on Tuesday, much of the Muslim world looks at the future of the papacy with a hope that the new pope will build on the positive aspects of the previous two papacies and create a relationship of deeper dialogue and mutual understanding with the Muslim community.
Grasped in its fullness, Evangelical Catholicism invites Catholics (and indeed all who are interested in the Catholic Church) to move beyond the left/right surface arguments of past decade and learn a new way of looking at the recent Catholic past.