COLUMN: The Possibilities Of A New Pope
Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 23:02
The next pope will have a variety of issues to face in the coming years. They include gay marriage, the possible ordination of women, determining the Church’s role in social justice fights worldwide, and deciding on whether the Church ought to follow Benedict’s conservative model, or move more toward the views held by its liberal minority. But more than that, the pope must reintroduce the world to the fundamental tenants of Catholicism, and re-establish the Church as a benevolent force in the increasingly secular public eye. At its roots, Catholicism has always been an inert statement of principles proclaiming Christ the Son of God, and following his teachings of universal love and humanity. In several weeks, when white smoke appears over the Vatican, signifying that a new pope has been chosen, make sure you pay attention, because that man will be the one who guides the Catholic Church into a new day in its history.
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