Some quick facts to keep in mind over the next month or so as the Catholic Church elects a new pope …
Americans have Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, etc.
The College of Cardinals has parties of political groupings as well.
The three (some say four) main parties in the College of Cardinals
The Border Patrol Party – Cardinals who are theologically conservative. Their concerns are chiefly the impact of relativism and secularization on
Catholics and the Church. They are concerned about the psychological and cultural impact and how many Catholics are Catholic in name only but
consider themselves to be other things first … like if someone considered themselves to be more American than Catholic. (at least that’s my take)
The Border Patrol party is very interested in the integrity of the rites and rituals. They also see Islam as an aggressive missionary religion that
threatens Christianity. Joseph Ratzinger, who is now Pope Benedict, was the head of the Border Patrol Party.
The Salt of the Earth party – Not into theological debates. They are more into taking care of major social issues like poverty, abortion and war.
The Salt of the Earth party. This group wants to lower barriers between the Church and, in my opinion, water down the stricter parts of Catholicism
so as to be more appealing to the citizens of the world. They are ‘doers’ … they ‘do good unto others’ by getting out there and working and
making bridges that way. There are two groups within this group.
The right wing in the Salt of the Earth party has the ideology of ‘integralism’, which means they believe that the politics and culture of society
should be wholly in accord with Catholic teachings. (like you’d see in Catholic-Spanish countries in South American and Mexico). They think that
church teaching should automatically become civil law. Example – American integralists support school vouchers and state funding for private
religious schools. They want to weaken separation of church and state.
The left wing of the Salt of the Earth Party are those who are into social and economic justice. Globalization. Racial justice. They want to use
social systems to promote social justice. They don’t want to tackle these in a catholic manner with Catholic values and beliefs, but instead they
attach themselves to other groups with similar ideas, no matter who they are, and together they get their social justice goals completed. These are
the cardinals looking for debt relief for third world countries. Spread the wealth. They have conventions that put the Occupy Wall Streeters to
shame. If Obama was a Cardinal in Rome .. he’d be a Salt of the Earth nonintegralist – IMHO. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of DC is in this
group. Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga of Honduras is in this group. He went with Bono from U2 to a G-8 meeting to try to get debt relief for 3rd world
The Reform Party – Just like it sounds. Reform of the Catholic Church. It wants decentralization of power and a greater tolerance of
experimentation. It’s very much the opposite of the Border Patrol Party. They want the mass to be more acceptable ‘ecumenically’ (which means
they’d like another Vatican Council to make the mass more protestant). They want a reduction in papal power and to restructure much of the power
base of the church. Instead of ‘spread the wealth’, they want to ‘spread the power’. They want greater collegiality in the church. Celibacy
to be optional. Pope Paul VI supported this party. The German cardinals and Cardinal Mahony (From California and in BIG trouble) are in this party.
Cardinal Martini of Milan was in this party. (BTW - Milan – the devil worshipping capitol of the world). If this group totally had it’s way,
the Catholic Church would be a lot like the Episcopalian church, IMHO
None of the parties support artificial birth control.
None of the parties support women priests.
(none ever can. This is a fixed teaching of the church)
None of the parties support homosexual marriage.
As with American politics, those belonging to each of these parties may or may not follow the party line. Some American Democrats don’t follow
their party platform and are pro-life. Some American Republicans don’t follow their party platform and are pro-choice. You may have Left Wing Salt
of the Earth Cardinals in favor of artificial birth control and Right Wing Salt of the Earth Cardinals in favor of keeping the church teaching on it.
A lot of speculation is going on about who will be the next pope. There is A LOT of politics going on behind the walls of the Vatican. The Cardinals
don’t vote a new pope in based upon what the people want. This is a decision that comes from the top down .. not the bottom up like an American
election. It all has to do with how the political winds are blowing in the Vatican.
In my opinion … if the Cardinals see Islam as the major problem factor, then you will see a protective ‘Border Patrol’ Cardinal elected. If the
Cardinals want to ‘appease Islam’ and try to make nice, it will elect a Salt of the Earth Right Winger. If the Cardinals are into the New World
Order mode, then you’ll see a Salt of the Earth Left Winger elected. The corrupt Cardinals who run the Vatican Bank will make sure that whoever
gets in will NOT be someone who will be checking into the finances very closely. Pope John Paul I was elected and those Cardinals quickly poisoned
him off. Pope John Paul II learned from that and didn’t go near the banking or the banking Cardinals. I do not see a Reform Party Pope being
elected. But you never know …
edit on 2/11/2013 by FlyersFan because: Spelled 'BONO' wrong ..