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Thursday, 28 February 2013

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John Dinga

First of all, the retiring pope is not just Benedict but Benedict XVI.
Secondly succession is strictly an inner cicle affair involving those called upon to pray and deliberate and pray again, before choosing. Lay speculation is uncalled for and goes only to make matters complicated just as the laity has taken upon itself to pass judgment on the men of God.
As employees everywhere, these servants of God have their shortcomings; for lay persons to pass judgment on them and even extract monetary compensations is the height of hypocrisy.

Bandeko

John D. These are different times. The church is also a huge, powerful, earthly institution which affects many lives and these lives are no longer going to be passive. Have you witnessed the transition that has come over Ireland, the most Catholic country in Europe? It is important who gets to be pope, and those men in red had better think about it very clearly, because the fate of the Roman Catholic Church depends on it this time more than ever. Did you know that the pope does not have to be a Cardinal? Perhaps it is time they thought outside the box.

John Dinga

Thanks for your reflections, buddy Bandeko. I am no Catholic myself but that does not forbid me from sprinkling a little dose of realism into mainstream thinking, especially this undisguised longing for an African pope, regardless of the realities on the ground.

In terms of representation, Europe comes first in the number of voting Cardinals out there. Whether they will now change the mindset that guided voting in the past, I cannot say. Surely Africa has been in the news of late but I don't quite see Uganda's representative or this popular Ghanaian becoming our next Pontiff simply because they have not been tainted by the sex abuse scandals. The Church has other items on its agenda, not just recovery from the bruises inflicted by the sex scandals. Of course I surely wish the Catholic Church the very best in the deliberations ahead. It will require lots of prayers and good will indeed.

louis nji

I will be very happy to here a pope is coming from CAMEROON. How do you also see to it?

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