"God has given you, and given us all, a great Pope. And he’s a great Pope of surprises… and I think people are inspired and uplifted by what they see in Pope Francis, as I am. I think he’s a wonderful person. Surprises? Yes, I think there’ll be one or two surprises. We’re hoping to produce a few surprises."
Cathcon- the Pope has stated that
"Vatican II, inspired by Pope Paul VI and John [XXIII], decided to look to the future with a modern spirit and to be open to modern culture. The Council Fathers knew that being open to modern culture meant religious ecumenism and dialogue with non-believers. But afterwards very little was done in that direction. I have the humility and ambition to want to do something."
False ecumenism has already done plenty enough damage in the post-concilar church, but we are now living in a world, where the once-allegedly conservative Archbishop of Birmingham thinks Anglicans could be admitted to Catholic communion, despite their almost total rejection and relativisation of the great dogmas of the Church. What ecumenical advance can be made with a church that is on the verge of nominating female bishops?
The Archbishop has clearly seen which way the wind is blowing in Rome and clearly loves the thought of a Roman promotion more than his Archdiocese. He has probably got help from the retired Archbishop of Westminster, who in this topsy-turvy world is now a close adviser to the Pope. See here for the dismal record of the Cardinal.