An American pope? No chance. That was the consensus a mere eight years ago — a blip in church time — upon the death of Pope John Paul II. Both Europe, the institutional epicenter of the Catholic Church, and the developing world, its demographic stronghold, were too resentful of America’s global footprint: its ostentatious wealth, its ubiquitous military presence and its saber-rattling, diplomacy-scorning president bent on prosecuting two unpopular wars. Big Brother hardly needed a partner in the Vatican. Nor did U.S. social trends inspire confidence among the men who would elect the next pope.
Gee, a mere eight years ago we had a "saber-rattling, diplomacy-scorning [sic] president bent on prosecuting two unpopular wars," but things are much better now, aren´t they? Let´s see...
We´ve got two wars that government officials have chosen to lose to terrorists who would be more than happy to blow the Vatican to smithereens. (By the way, when have wars ever been "popular"? Is the Vatican´s own Just War Doctrine irrelevant now that war has become a junior-high-school popularity contest to the "journalists" at the Washington Post?) We´ve got the Middle East coming apart at the seams and a crazy Iranian regime that´s all but got a functional atomic bomb. We have a president and political class who lie to the world openly with impunity on a daily basis, while the press lobs softballs at mendacious, meretricious, and treasonous elected officials, the vast majority of whom have a "D" after their names.
The world is unraveling before our eyes and all the Washington Post can do is blame George. W. Bush by implication. Meanwhile, Barack Obama works on his golf swing in Florida with a $1000-an-hour pro, and leaves our diplomats to twist in the wind in the same dangerous hellholes to which he dispatched them.
God Almighty, how I despise these creeps and every single thing they do.
The opinion posted in this article seems to suggest that NOW is the time for an American Pope since Obama has softened the image of the US, and that we now have a "telegenic" superstar in our midst who plays well in the media--
More phony persona driven media superstars?
The proclamation of the Gospel sunk to a new low in the era of Obama? Nothing against Cardinal Dolan, but promoting him due to his potential media glamor is ridiculous!
Most Roman Catholics are not in the USA and not even in the western hemisphere. the Catholic church is blooming throughout most of the world, the world the media does not let us see. There has been a growth of over 200,000,000 Catholics in the last 10 years: the total now over 1.2 billion members. How about an Asian man for Pope?
No to an American pope. I´m Catholic and I do like Dolan but he´s too liberal. His response to zippy´s mandatory birth control, sterilization and abortifacients should have been 1000 times stronger and he should have said, "We will NOT comply, no matter what you do and we will NEVER comply. Nor will we pay any fines. We take our orders from God, not power hungry would be tyrants."
Amen, number 9. When The Church returns to Almighty God as the focus of worship, instead of helping people as being the reason for our being born, then we shall thrive. We do not need a liberal Pope. Remember one of the first questions in the Baltimore Catechism... Why were we born? We were born to know, love and serve God, and to be happy with Him forever in Heaven.
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