Picking the next Pope

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Picking the next Pope
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Sun, 03-10-2013 - 8:46am

I will be glued to my television next week, Lol.....  Do you think Tim Dolan has what it takes to be the next Pope?  Or any other American? 

Thoughts?

 

 

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Sun, 03-10-2013 - 10:55pm

Some speak more languages than others. Ouellet's Italian is suppose to be excellent but given that Italian is easier than French (his first language), that is not surprising.

You know what they say.. you enter the conclave as a Pope, you leave a Cardinal. We could be surprised.

I hope it is a cardinal from a 3rd world country who will lead by example and has a simple and pure faith. That is what the Church needs now.

Anyways, it will be an interesting week.

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Sun, 03-10-2013 - 10:55pm

Some speak more languages than others. Ouellet's Italian is suppose to be excellent but given that Italian is easier than French (his first language), that is not surprising.

You know what they say.. you enter the conclave as a Pope, you leave a Cardinal. We could be surprised.

I hope it is a cardinal from a 3rd world country who will lead by example and has a simple and pure faith. That is what the Church needs now.

Anyways, it will be an interesting week.

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Sun, 03-10-2013 - 5:02pm
Thank you for your thoughtful post, Mom_I, I agree that the next pope needs to be free and removed from scandal and he needs to have a way of bringing back unity to the church, Pope JPII had a way of doing that more than Benedict to me, I think cardinals are fluent in more languages than we think. I'd like to hear more about the second in charge, Berone but I've heard about the cardinal from South Africa too.

 

 

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Sun, 03-10-2013 - 3:56pm

No, no American cardinals are in the running. They are not senior enough and given the politics, I seriously doubt that would happen.

One of the top 5 contenders is Canadian. He has a very important position in the Vatican, close to the last pope, speaks several languages including Spanish, worked in South American etc.  However, even he is a longshot.

The church will, I think, select someone who is a unifying force, which represents an area of the world where there are a great number of Catholics, who are more than Catholics in name only.  They will, I think, pick a person the majority of Catholics can identify with and that is not someone from the US, Canada or Great Britain.

The next pope can have no ties to any sex scandals, not even a whiff. That means he cannot have been a the Primate/Bishop etc.. in the area where there was any coverup. Also,  cardinal from an area of the world where the church participation is on the decline would raise questions as to his ability to encourage his own flock.

I wouldn't be surprised if you have a first Black Pope or a pope from the Philipines or South America.

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Sun, 03-10-2013 - 2:32pm
Why not? If he doesn't like it, he can always resign.

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