In the will and providence of Almighty God, Pope Francis is the current Pope. That is good and that is the way it is.
…it’s often objected that to speculate about a future pope while the current pope is still alive is disrespectful and disloyal, even tantamount to a political attack on the pope’s leadership. Of course it could be all of these things, depending on who’s doing it and why, but in principle it doesn’t have be any of the above.
If you believe the direction of the Catholic Church matters, no single figure has more impact on setting a direction than the pope, and therefore the choice of who occupies the office is monumentally important.