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  •  Yeah, I noticed all the snark (6+ / 0-)

    And I get it.   Still, this will be one of the more powerful political and religious forces in the world and I figured somewhere it should be discussed seriously of what the outcome will mean.

    Most people don't follow who could become pope or what the implications could be.   But the Pope has a significant role in the way the church spends money, allocates resources, etc.

    Even though I'm not religious (lapsed catholic), I still find this topic to be one worth taking seriously.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 08:03:30 AM PST

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    •  The compromise candidate (2+ / 0-)
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       Daniel  DiNardo, Cardinal – Archbishop of Galveston-Houston

      •  Too long of odds (1+ / 0-)
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        He will have no standing in the US enclave, and would be largely opposed by the Italian contingency who will never back him.

        He's the longshot, like 110:1.   I don't see a path for him to reach the papacy.   Most of the European Cardinals want to steer as far clear as possible from any connection to any US Archbishop

        Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

        by Chris Reeves on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 08:39:34 AM PST

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    •  Serious discussion (3+ / 0-)
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      My paper (Dallas Morning News) devoted an editorial to the issue today. Pressing for selection of someone from Africa (or S. America.).  The print version had a graphic showing number of Catholics currently, and expected in 2050, in each part of the world.

      Even after John Paul’s death, there were growing calls within the church for his successor to be something other than another light-skinned European.

      Today, Europe’s Catholic population is declining and far outnumbered by the ranks of faithful in the developing world, particularly Latin America. Africa is on a track to equal Europe’s Catholic population sometime in the next decade. Central Africans, in particular, can benefit from the influence of a pope capable of persuasively defending religious liberty amid growing persecution of Christians by Islamist hard-liners.

      http://www.dallasnews.com/...

      Some comments not so serious, though

      Interestingly enough, although the timing has been extended, Jesus is scheduled to take the place of Pope in the near future...if not with the retirement of this Pope. The fact that Jesus has returned to the everyday world is not well known, but it seems to me that His presence bodes very well for the future of Christianity especially now that it is so beleaguered.

      "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

      by Catte Nappe on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 09:31:06 AM PST

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