Public Enemy must re-form and remix “Fight The Power” from their 1989 iconic CD “Fear of a Black Planet” and call it “Fear of a Black Pope.”
Almost every news story mentions that Cardinal Peter Turkson (below) from Ghana has a legitimate shot to become the church’s first black pope.
We know this will never happen in our lifetimes.
There is a greater chance that everyone in the Gaza Strip will convert to Judaism than there is for a black Pope in the Catholic Church.
And the Church should be ashamed of itself (even more than it currently is).
The same can be said for Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle from the Philippines and Cardinal Odilo Scherer of Brazil (though he has a million times better chance than the African or Asian candidates – who have zero chance).
All the speculation, all the drama this week will come down to nothing but a European Pope – most likely Italian – and that’s the reason the Church is in big trouble.
I have never seen such a complete and insane inability to think differently or of the future.
It’s stunning, frankly.
This unwillingness to adapt to changing times is what will eventually bring down the Church (if it hasn’t been brought down already).
As a a die-hard Cathlolic, this makes me sad.
All the excitement around this week in Rome with the Conclave and the white smoke (Is it white? Is it black? Is it green?) and the eventual Habemas Papam will lead to depression and criticism from all around the world.
And the Church will once again be stuck until the next Pope selection begins and the brief moments of hope we have before they name another European.
Ah, well… at least I am in Rome and I have wine, cheese and gelato.
Dominic Lanza – Sr. Vatican Correspondent – Manka Faith God Blog