Post # 107
@Rachel631: Oh, I understand. I didn’t think you were being racist.
I’m sure those candidates exist…but would they be chosen? Sigh. It’s like politics. Any mainstream politician never fits my views because if they don’t fall in line with the party position, they don’t get tracked to mainstream. It’s a shame.
I think I’d be happy with Cardinal Turkson and I’d also be happy with Cardinal Dolan but, alas, he’s considered a long shot. As long as they can move away from far-gone and elderly Europeans, I’ll be pleased. The Church is a lot bigger than Rome, after all
Post # 108
@Tickles This article does a good job of explaining it: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/the-catholic-church-cant-change/2013/02/13/a0b1933a-75fe-11e2-95e4-6148e45d7adb_blog.html
@newname 99 LOL, yes we’ll be getting a lot of that in the next few weeks *foreboding look*
Post # 109
It seems to me that Pope Benedict was put in place to be the fall guy for the child molestation scandals. He was already very old when he was elected, so his term would have be short no matter what. He will forever be associated with the scandal and this may also be part of why he resigned.
Now the church can usher in a new pope that can promise and deliver reform for a long period of time.
I know this is a crass way of looking at the situation, but as others have said the pope is as as much a political leader as a religious.
Post # 110
I think it was the most responsible thing that he could have done given the circumstances. If memory serves me correctly, he never wanted to be elected Pope in the first place, but now his age and health are also against him. The position of Pope is an enormous responsibility which most men would not be capable of in their PRIME, let alone a man in his mid-eighties whose health is currently failing him. He IS only HUMAN, after all, and if he recognizes that he is not up to the job anymore, I say fair enough, and good on him for at least admitting it. While it may be extremely rare for a pope to retire, it’s not unheard of, and this pope is older than most (including the last) so I think he should have the right to retire. If he truly believes that someone else would do a better job, then it really is a better thing for him to step down and make room for the next pope who will hopefully be capable of being the leader our Church needs and deserves. Our Church desperately needs a strong leader who will bring people back to it. Let this pope focus on his own health so we can get a new pope who will be able to focus on the Church.