WNY Weigh in on New Pope

March 13, 2013 Updated Mar 13, 2013 at 11:43 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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March 13, 2013 Updated Mar 13, 2013 at 11:43 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY
(WKBW)

Monsignor Paul Burkard, pastor of Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna knows the issues facing the catholic church are vast and varied. Even pope ?Benedict the XVI's resignation was muddied with reports of a gay sex scandal at the Vatican revealed in a 300 page inside investigation.

Some complained the very cardinals participating in the conclave may have also participated in covering up claims of sexual abuse.

Not a good image for the largest Christian church in the world.

Burkard says Pope Francis will have to continue the clean up work started by the previous papal administration.

"I think he's very much committed to resolving the issue in the church and making things right. I think you'll see a continuation of what Pope Benedict began and probably a greater enforcement of some of those regulations."

Pope's Francis' age came as a shock to many who thought the church would elect a younger leader with perhaps more modern views on the faith.

The 76 year old is said to be extremely orthodox but some hope his Jesuit roots will be the foundation for a papacy that includes everyone.

"Throughout history the Jesuits have always challenged the system, challenged the process and pushed for new intellectual development and enlightenment so I'm definitely confident in his abilities," said Michael-Anthony Jaoude a student at Canisius College.

"I'm looking for a very loving person which Latin America has that kind of cozy feel to it I guess and so do the Jesuits and I think that overall the church should be open and welcoming and full of diversity," said Katherine Landahl, also a student at Canisius College.