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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Next Pope Will Not Be a Protestant
So let me offer some thoughts concerning what the next pope will not be.
First, the next pope will not be a mainline Protestant. The next pope will oppose contraception, abortion, gay marriage, women priests, and all sexual activity outside the covenant of marriage. For those who hope otherwise understand that you do not have hope as much as unrealistic wishful thinking. The Catholic Church has taken positions in opposition to these issues for many centuries. It's not about to change in the near future.
Second, but neither will the pope be a neo-con Republican. Just like his two immediate predecessors, Benedict XVI and John Paul II, he will remind the governments of the world that they do have a responsibility to the poor and those who live on the margins. He will oppose capital punishment, and while he will criticize Communist governments for their suppression of individual rights and freedoms, he will also warn of the dangers of unfettered capitalism. Moreover, he will oppose any war that does not meet the criteria of the just war tradition just as Benedict and John Paul protested against the Iraq War on the same grounds.
That does not mean that the next pope will not be a reformer, but it must always be remembered that what reformation truly entails is often in the eye of the beholder. But, needless to say the next pope will not bring the kind of "reforms" that will make the Catholic Church look more Protestant, mainline or otherwise.
Who will be the next pope? I have no idea, but I think it is safe to say that he will not come from the ranks of the world's Protestant bishops.
I know that seems obvious, but after my last couple of days of reading the thoughts of some, I just felt the need to say it.