WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Early buzz in Italian press about a U.S. cardinal as a potential pope

It would still shock me more than the election of the first Polish pope in 1978...

It would shock me more than the election of a Third World pope...

But the Italian press has been abuzz with stories about the bonafides of an American for the Papacy:

Not Cardinal Timothy Dolan, as trumpeted by New York media, but the Cardinal in the troubled Boston Archdiocese.

Read Vatican watcher John Allen's account from NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER...


One thing John doesn't mention (Superficial, I know): Boston's cardinal has a beard, befitting his Capuchin order. Can you imagine a pope with a beard? It hasn't happened since Pope Innocent XII (1691--1700). Of course, beards are common, even mandatory, for leaders of the Eastern Orthodox Churches, including the now late Coptic Pope Shenouda III, whom I had the chance to meet as he visited Delaware to consecrate a church in Red Lion. And the previous leader of the Anglican Communion, Rowan Williams, had a beard.

Now, for a vastly different, Eastern perspective: An Italian journalist (and Vatican watcher) I've talked to writes from Beijing in The ASIA TIMES about the Chinese/East Asian dimension to the upcoming Papal conclave...


Meanwhile, one of the two African cardinals thought to have a decent chance in this coming conclave has sparked a firestorm by suggesting gay priests are primarily responsible for the clergy sex abuse scandal...


Posted at 2:57pm on February 19, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 7:56am
The African church, definitely in the United Methodist denomination, is VERY conservative and is very strongly opposed to ordination of homosexual ministers and marrying homosexuals, etc, so it wouldn't surprise me that the Roman Catholic part of the African church too would be as conservative and opposed to homosexuals being priests, etc.

I could see the Cardinals voting in an African Pope as that is where the fastest growth for most denominations is happening. But on the other hand, I could see the Cardinals voting in an American Pope as a way to possibly re-light the fires of Catholicism in America as most denominations are shrinking here [the only thing that's keeping the Catholic Church from shrinking in US is due to all the Hispanics who've moved here, legally and illegally].

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