ELECTION OF NEXT POPE HIGHLIGHTS SHORTCOMINGS OF ENGLISH CHURCH

Even though half the cardinals who will be electing the next pope were appointed by the present pope the Roman Catholic church's system of electing its leader is far more democratic than the one employed by the Church of England when it needs to elect a new archbishop of Canterbury. With 250 cardinals involved there is a chance that something unusual might happen, as has happend in the past. There is no chance of anything other than the predictable happening when the small caucus of establishment types, chosen by establishment types, meet in secret to choose our beloved leader. This is proved by how easy it was for me to predict correctly that Justin Welby would get the job even before Williams resigned. I wouldn't be anywhere near as confident if asked to predict who is going to be the next bishop of Rome.

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ELECTION OF NEXT POPE HIGHLIGHTS SHORTCOMINGS OF ENGLISH CHURCH — 6 Comments

  1. Well, due to the appointments to Cardinal that were made by JP2 and B16, you can bet your bank account that the next Pope will be more of the
    same pre Vat II ultra Conservative drivel that has diminished the faith of so many these past few years! That, unless the Lord himself arrives by flaming chariot to intervene! Lord, have mercy!
    nij

  2. Well, due to the appointments to Cardinal that were made by JP2 and B16, you can bet your bank account that the next Pope will be more of the
    same pre Vat II ultra Conservative drivel that has diminished the faith of so many these past few years! That, unless the Lord himself arrives by flaming chariot to intervene! Lord, have mercy!
    nij

  3. John Paul II and Benedict XVI, two conservative, traditionalist pontiffs, had 34 years to appoint bishops and cardinals. What are the chances for a progressive pope to be elected? Close to zero, I’d say. Of course, surprises do happen. Choosing the next pope will hardly be an exercise in democracy, since no clergy, lay people, or even a large number of bishops had a say in the appointments of cardinals.

    Justin Welby might still surprise us. He’s got off to a bad start, but he could redeem himself. Still, I’m not all that hopeful, because he seems very much a company man. He didn’t even bother to compose his own statement on same-sex marriage. He simply agreed with the anonymous statement from “the church” and looked like a deer caught in the headlight when asked the question, though he had to have known the question would be asked.