Let just contemplate the possibility. Asia is not the biggest catholic continent, but there are located most of the people that still need
East Asia is now on the brink of a nuclear war. That could become worldwide in a matter of days. That concerns everyone, including the Catholic
church. Because it comes to existential questions. (of course nuclear war could start from the Middle East as well).
If we are talking for a new evangelization in the 3rd millennium, we should look at East Asia in first place.
The candidates are not few, and everyone of them has qualities necessary to be a shepherd of multi-million country. Why not then to be the shepherd of
the bigger church, that should focus on Asia? May be it is quite enough of European problems?
This is just a possibility.
cardinal John Tong Hon Bishop of Hong Kong en.wikipedia.org...
cardinal Pham Minh Man Cardinal-Archbishop of Thành-Phô Hô Chí Minh en.wikipedia.org...
cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle Archbishop of Manila en.wikipedia.org...
Of course, if you include SE Asia and India, the names will climb. But those countries have been evangelized for quite a long time. The real issue is
CHINA. (Not even so much Russia that is Christian for 1000 years, but China that has never been Christian. Russia could be consecrated in a matter of
hours, but China should be evangelized for a long time).
Japan and Korea currently do not have cardinals within the limit of 80 y age. While Philippines may look as the natural choice as Catholic nation,
Vietnam is of no lesser importance bordering China and sharing traditions that are quite far from everything European. Hong Kong cardinal would be a
strong choice: he would probably establish diplomatic relations with China overnight, and give some 10 red hats among the newly joined Chinese
patriotic church with many bishops? All Catholics in China (patriotic and underground) are 10-14 mln or 1% of the biggest country in the world.
Compared to that, an American pope would still be the better choice for the Western civilization, imo. If it has any chance to continue its dominance.
Something that I doubt it more and more. Especially in the apparent reluctance many Western cardinals to face the real day problems that make the
Western world a slave of its own created system. It cannot continue forever. If they cannot choose between American and Brazilian/Curia, perhaps the
time has come to move to non-white candidates not connected to the current leadership?
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