Pope Francis is discomforting the "Reform of the Reform" group and many are saying that this movement is now dead. I would not be so quick as to write an obituary yet. But I did coin on another blog a few days back another term: "the counter-reform of the reform of the reform."
Those who are wild progressives will not like Pope Bergoglio's contention that the "smoke of Satan" has entered the Church distracting us from that which is central to our faith, which are hope and charity, with charity being the most enduring. They won't like his talk about popular devotions and the necessity of these especially a profound piety and devotion to our Blessed Mother. They won't like the talk of relativism and all things being equal when in fact they aren't.
Pope Francis will lead us into a revival of popular devotions, street processions and honoring our Blessed Mother in ways that have been discarded since Vatican II by the liturgical elitists who thought these were nonsense.
What most people are applauding or wringing their hands over is style over substance. Certainly the Holy Father's simple style is meant to be symbol of his desire for the Church to be seen as identifying with the poor and caring for them. Of course there are two kinds of poor people. The first would be the materially poor, who could be spiritually and religiously poor also. The second is the rich person who could be spiritually and materially poor at the same time.
Then you have rich and poor in the material sense who are both rich in the spiritual and religious sense. If not for the stewardship of this group either from their material or spiritual wealth the truly poor in both categories would not be assisted by the Church to the extent that they are.
But, let's talk theological substance. Here is a rerun of a video I post last week. It gives you insights into the theological mind of Pope Francis only a few weeks prior to his election as the Bishop of Rome. Please note the quick glimpse of the Benedictine Altar arrangement at a Church where the Cardinal was celebrating a liturgy! But again, that is only style, please listen to his substance!