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Any Picks For The New Pope??
I think this is a real turning point for the Catholic Church. Your thoughts??
Wicked Yankee Girl
There has been discussion that maybe the new pope might be from South or Central America or Africa, since those are areas where the church is growing.
Dee thank you for starting this thread. The pope is a huge spiritual and yes political leader. The spirit clearly chose a Polish pope and bear of a man in JP2. He Reagan and Gorbachev were the worldly trinity that helped end the USSR. The secular press is doing thousands or articles around the world as the leader of 1 billion catholics is very powerful. I wish I knew who Benedict is quietly praying for, as he knows them all and appointed 67 of them in the last 8 years. So better than any human, he knows them.
If it is Sean O'Malley, I will feel the unluckiest girl on earth. I will say, and did as aside when we were discussing the dc mess, that I met him by chance in Victoria's Diner on my rare trip to Boston-it was always hospitals and now I went to the Basilica, a beautiful church with a miraculous image of Mary-many crutches left there, though miracles are quite rare. I asked for prayers of the 3 preists who walked in, and as they were waiting for a waiter (a long wait) I screwed up courage to ask for prayer, as my pilgrimage to the Mission church was in desperation. I seemed to find him in a cold mood-I felt not welcomed and when I mouthed a very serious reason for them to pray, the other two priests looked more concerned/interested. Tonight, I just read that he said mass at a church (all cardinals have a Roman Church they are 'assigned" to. His has the word Victory in the title, essentially . Our Lady of Victory. For those of you who saw the movie "Angels and Demons" with Tom Hanks-this is the church. I never saw it or DaVinci code. Yes, I live under a rock, LOL.
I just had to tell you, he is on a short list and he is fluent in Spanish, and worked much in Hispanic communities. Initially, I loved that he was Franciscan-he still wears his habit and sandals. But the warmth I saw on TV is gone-10 years in-he is big on downsizing the dying diocese of Boston-we had many church closers everywhere due to the huge payouts to abuse victims and the alledged victims. Rightly so, but he came into the position as the Antidote to Bernard Cardinal Law and did a good job steering the then 400 church diocese through the mess the Cardinal left behind. So there is the skinny on him-though they say no way will a superpower get the Papacy due to many reasons. The Curia(italian cardinals who run the Vatican dat to day really want an Italian after 35 years and have the voting power. So much for the spirit, LOL. I'm sure God plays a role but it is very political.
If we get a Roman preist named Peter or clearly associated, then read up on St. Malachy. And spend all you have having fun. Likely that won't happen, as Saint M's prophecies are mostly debunked. If you want a site that follows the action SpiritDaily.com has links and original articles. 5 days are expected. I wrote a letter (didn't ask someone to fax it) to the Cardinal but know it never got there and likely would not get read any time soon before he flew to Rome. I begged him in 5 pages (breif for me as you know I get tangential) to pray but moreover give it to the new Pope or the holiest Cardinal he knew. It, I am sure is sitting in his office unopened/unread. I met him Feb 2 and Pope resigned Feb 11. When I wrote to him, I think he was literally on the plane. I know he gets many prayer requests, but he was in a qiet spot, simply waiting. I found him cold and I hope he is not elected. If he is, he will likely never read my letter as he will immediately move to Rome.
So, does the Word Victory twice figure to mean anything? The Americans want a Pope to clean up the Curia. The curia wants an Italian Pope. I think that since the church is only growing in the southern hemisphere, it should be a third world Pope. Africa or south America are the obvious choices. It is fascinating. I have never read all this stuff-I truly loved history and the Church is fascinating.
I love Cardinal Dolan but he doesn't have the languages I guess and an American is unlikely. This Pope is incredibly important. May God give us a good shepherd who brings God alive.
I'm not Catholic, but I did go to Catholic school for 4 years, which was wehn JP2 was elected Pope.
Whoever is elected will need to someone with charisma who can support the church's positions in a less hard line fashion. IMHO, some have turned away from the church due to their positions on same sex marriages, birth control etc. There's a disconnect between the church's position vs real life.
JP2 was very much the 'every man' while Benedict was perhaps to scholarly in his bearing to connect to the world.
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My newspaper reported that some of the cardinals being discussed:
Peter Appiah Turkson 64 - Ghanna
Timothy Dolan 62 - USA
Marc Ouellet 68 - Canada
Leonardo Sandri 69 - Argentina
Christoph Schonborn 68 - Austria
Angelo Scola 71 - Italy
It makes me wonder who Pope Emeritus would pick. If Sean returns I hope he will intercede. The Popes at times have healing powers. JPII did. I would go in a heartbet had I a caretaker able and wiling. I have read up on your list Dee. I think it has to be south American cardinal. There is a Brazillian born Cardinal of German descent. I don't think JP was elected, the hand of God Chose him. I know Benedict did the right thing-he never wanted the position. He did his best. Whether he has any influence on his successor wil be hard to discern.
There is so much involved in this election...its very interesting. Huge events-World's Champs and a very important Papal election. I pray the best leader is chosen. Looking for the praying I con and we haven't one. Doris, we hear often fans are praying for their Fave. In honor of all things Italian, I pray Caro wins! Makes me wonder if Italy ever had a great male skater. Two things keeping me glued to the Coverage if I can. Exciting week, then a big letdown I suspect.
Doris, is Pulaski polish? You might be Catholic? I know you are up on all things. What's your best guest? I should be sleeping but...I am not. So much