posted on Apr, 8 2005 @ 08:22 AM
I cannot agree that the name the new pope will pick will, necessarily, give us any insight on the man's reign as pope. Oh, certainly, we might be
able to discern some of the new pope's personal "likes" or "dislikes". That is to say that if he had admired Pope John Paul II, he might pick
John Paul III, but he is just as likely to pick a name like Innocent or Leo. If anything, to be elected pope must be such an overwhelming experience
for a man who might, for all intents and purposes, be a very religious individual that he might pick a name that has some deep personal and religious
meaning for him.
I am a Roman Catholic myself. When I was confirmed, I had to pick a confirmation name....I picked St. Francis......because I liked little animals.
What I am trying to say is that this is probably the case with the new pope. He could very well pick ANY name. If there were any significance to the
name picked, we would probably not even know it for some time to come -- if ever. Instead of asking what the popes' new name should be, we should be
asking ourselves what sort of reign the new pope will have; what are the problems facing the church? What sort of goals should the new pope work
towards? How will the new pope be like the late Pope John Paul II and how will he be different? These are the questions that we should be asking. Of
course, if you asked me, I think the new pope should be named Pope Bob I