Comments: Columnist whines because Arinze not elected "black pope"

I, too, was rooting for Arinze, because I thought the election of an African would send a good message to the Third World, and I thought they'd never be so bold as to pick the ultra-orthodox Cardinal Ratzinger. ("Go in as pope, come out as cardinal," and all that.) Most of all, I just thought a black pope would be "cool".

I'm such a racist.

Posted by Chris at April 23, 2005 03:16 PM

I was hoping for either of the two, given that both men have given 'liberal catholics' the galloping trots. So to speak.

However, upon reflection, the conclave was probably correct.

Africa and Latin America do indeed have growing Catholic populations. I think the logic is that the thoroughly secularized Europe needs 'their' Pope, more than the faithful 'south of the border.'

Posted by John at April 24, 2005 10:12 AM

"At school, they said that if a black pope is elected, the sun will crash on Earth, and it will be the end of the world," the girl told the reporter.

The 10-year-old girl was certainly referring to Nostradamus prophecy according to which the election of a black pope would precede the end of the world. The reporter, Mitchell, seems to be unaware of this and only thought of it as a prejudicial comment...

By the way: She (Mitchell) has a girlfriend who is a catholic devout? What kind of lesbian catholic is this? The pope wouldn't aprove...

Posted by Carlos at April 27, 2005 01:28 AM
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