That was an enjoyable video. At age 55, Cardinal Tagle is only 3 years younger than JPII when he was elected (at 58). He seems like a very kind and personable man.
Certain people in the church have certainly brought great scandal upon it, so I am not diminishing that at all. But, I do agree with you that the negative comments are getting very tiresome. The secular media really relishes any sort of perceived scandal and they also try to report this as just a big purely-political election.... to the extent that I think they really do a dis-service in reporting this important event. They could do much more to really inform the general public of what is happening (in electing a new pope) and why it matters to the world, if they would spend less time acting like tabloid news shows and news papers.
I also tire of the polls (of Catholics, even though many may not have seen the inside of a church in the past year/s) that attempt to show that Catholics want a more modernized and liberal church (on things like abortion, so-called gay marriage, women priests, contraception, etc.). Do these "Catholics" even understand that the church cannot just "change its' mind" on these issues? Perhaps if they are so dissatisfied with the teachings of the Catholic Church, the should stop calling themselves "Catholic" and find some other church to join.
By contrast, EWTN has had a lot of really informative and positive programming on the election. "The World Over", "Life On the Rock", other shows, and some special programs have been very interesting. There was a really interesting show this evening about papal elections from the time of Peter to present day, how/why the various conclave rules developed over the centuries, which rules were implemented to eventually eliminate the influence outside leaders and families, rules implemented to put the Cardinals on reduced food rations and eventually bread & water if the voting went on too long, etc.
Incidentally, I just happened to be flipping through the stations on my radio this morning and found a very interesting program from a Lutheran minister. He was discussing sola scriptura, apostolic succession and the claims of authority of the Catholic Church and the pope. Of course, he did not see it the same as the Catholic Church, but he did a rather good job of explaining the differences... and he did it in a respectful manner. This is one program that I'm sure was prompted by all of the coverage of the election of this next pope. I was left thinking that his program may well encourage some Lutherans to do some digging into the origins and claims of the Catholic Church.
What is sola scriptura? >>> en.wikipedia.org
Another thought >>> I think that the fact that Pope Benadict resigned (rather than died) has provided an interesting opportunity with regards to the media. If the Pope had died, the media would be using much of the air time covering the funeral activities. Since he resigned, there is a lot more air time to fill with other (hopefully informative) news stories about the Catholic Church. This could be a good thing and an opportunity for Catholics.
This election has also made for some interesting discussions with some of my non-Catholic friends... even an athiest/agnostic friend.
Just my thoughts.