Monday, April 18, 2005
And so it begins, the process to select a new Pope.
Me, I hope a Social Justice Cardinal wins. I believe that this is the great contribution that the first 21st century pope can make, defining the issue of the gap between rich and poor and reminding the world that having a large poor population is drag on all of society. Problem is, conservatives equate this view with Socialism and Marxism so there is an inbred bias against it.
However I'll maintain my position, this is the place the next Pope can make a real impact.
Lets face it the American church is not going away and they will continue to push Rome. As John Allen of CNN points out: " "I'm pretty sure the next pope is not going to be an American," he said. "The Vatican takes its diplomatic independence far too seriously to elect a pope from the world's lone superpower."
The other issue is the math, which is stacked against a non-European. Here are the stats for the College of Cardinals:
Below is the geographic distribution of cardinals voting in the conclave:
Latin America: 20
North America: 14
United States: 11
Source: The Associated Press
I recently reread a great history about the Papacy called, " Hitlers Pope. The secret history of Pius XII" It's a great read and is not disrepectful of the Pontiff at all , despite the title.
May the best man win!