Conservatives, betting on continuity, recommend examining all candidates in terms of their professional competencies. Liberals, hoping for an opening of the Church to the modern world, pray for a leader with the will to reform the Roman Curia and the tenacity to accomplish it.
The Catholic Church today does not need capable theologians, good diplomats, or competent administrators, as conservatives believe. The Church also does not need valiant and vigorous reformers, as liberals think.
The Church, today and always, needs saints.