posted on Oct, 31 2006 @ 04:24 PM
Originally posted by Baphomet79
P.S. as an outside observer, there were so many more qualified men for the papacy. For the Conclave to continue electing a Pope from Europe simply
continues to show it's incapacity for change. When Africa and Latin America are the only remaining sources of growth in Catholicism, and the Church
will not realize such a fact....complete ignorance.
Well you not being a Catholic why do you care who is the pope?? ..
The reason power remains within the Europeans is because America and Europe are still where the money comes from, and like all great and large
organizations, they reward those who donate. Latin America and Africa could offer some great popes, I just don't see that happen because they do not
want to hurt their dwindling American and European numbers.
As for excomunication, do not make it appear so easy, I can assure you that excomunicating someone is very rare, and certainly not for something as
silly as joining a fraternity.
Also Benidict is actually more conservative then John Paul was, and yes he is a transitional pope. The cardinals do not like popes that rule for long
periods of time to begin with, John Paul lead an extra long term, so naturally they chose someone who will most likely die within a decade or two and
then they will most likely vote in a pope who will rule for a more extended period of time.
If you believe in St. Malachie then he will be known as Peter the Roman.