What kind of Pope does the Church need?

In the light of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation, the Church has the opportunity and duty to assess what kind of person should take his place as the new Pope. What are the priorities today -- considering also the present imbalance in the exercise of authority in the Church?

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We have a sacred obligation to care for all of God's creatures.
We need a strong Pope who will stand up for the unborn and for the billions of animals who suffer their whole lives in factory farms, fur farms, laboratories (it is a big business that is useless), etc.
The Church needs to have an ACTIVE voice for animals. Bull torture in 'bull fights' should be stopped. It is a tradition of men that is warned about in the Bible.
God will hold us all accountable for every one of His animals (as we read in the lectionary Hebrews 4:13).

We need a strong voice for the animals. No more cock fights also in Catholic countries.

God's creatures are a part of our faith walk with God. Our treatment of them affects our relationship with their Creator.

Jan Fredericks, LPC, MA
President, God's Creatures Ministry
www.Godscreaturesministry.org
USA


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Great content, but from a communications perspective more younger people would be good.

Added: April 10, 2013
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Today, our church is less known for bringing good news to the poor and more for its forays into electoral politics and doctrinal inquisitions. There are ample evidences that demonstrate a form of religious leadership that is far removed from the Gospel message of Christ. It is for this reason, I envision a pope who would be able to be inclusive mind and a stronger commitment to the teachings of Jesus – inclusive in praxis too by sharing the sacramental power and responsibilities to all men and women thus and who would also pave way for woman pope one day. Why not?

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What we need are NEW GOVERNANCE STRUCTURES which are transparent, accountable and representative. Patently the current structures with 120 cardinals selected by the pope electing the pope are autocratic, from the Middle Ages and exclude all women.

So how best to get NEW GOVERNANCE STRUCTURES? I propose we pray for the election as the next pope of Archbishop Gerhard Muller, Prefect in charge of the CDF. This man is hard as nails and sticks rigidly to the 3 core dogma's of the CDF:

1. No women priests

2. No contraception

3. No homosexuals

In January 2012 Fr Tony Flannery was taken to task by the CDF for several of his articles. But by June 2012 Fr Tony Flannery had resolved all the issues raised. But then Archbishop Muller was appointed to head up the CDF and he nailed Fr Tony Flannery with the above 3 core CDF dogma's.

If Archbishop Muller is elected pope he will follow Pope Benedict XVl's plan to sweep the church clean of all those who do not agree with the CDF's 3 core dogma's with excommunications and silencings on a massive scale. This will bring about such turmoil that there will be a clamour for NEW GOVERNANCE STRUCTURES from the 1.2 billion catholics. The Holy Spirit will thus ensure that Christ's one commandment "to love one another as I have loved you" is embodied in the NEW GOVERNANCE STRUCTURES; if anyone can do it, she can!


Added: February 17, 2013
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I read with interest all the remarks and wishes of the many eminent professors who have already added their comments. I agree with them. I would like to see a younger man, a scripture scholar and theologian who wishes to work with experts in various fields as a team. Someone who prays deeply has a great love for Jesus and listens to the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit who will guide him in all things. I would also hope that the new pope will remedy the "all maleness" of the Church and have an equal balance of women and men in his team. A man of the people and one who honours, loves and respects this wonderful world and the people who live here.

Added: February 16, 2013
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I prefer to see a pope with a true spirit of Jesus. If Jesus was alive today and had to lead a present modern time. What would he do regarding contraception, homosexuality, abortion, poverty, human rights, gender discrimination, religious fundamentalism and violence against women?
Today everyone speaks of democracy, justice, human rights, equality at home, in the society, in the state and in the universe. No imposition, no dictatorship, imperialism, autocracy, monarchism, patriarchy, etc. are accepted by any national. Pope, who will lead the biggest community in the world, he should be prudent, loving, democratic minded, just spirited for all women and men without any discriminative attitude on the basis of gender. The pope should be for all with a spirit to work with and for all people (women and men) of all nation and not discriminate anyone with a view to the time 2000 years ago.
I would like to see a modern, open-minded and open hearted, acceptable, understanding, intelligent and a person to foresee what would Jesus would do today and follow Him.


Added: February 16, 2013
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I wonder how many cardinal electors remember what Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini said on his interview published the day after his death (+August 31, 2012): "the Church is 200 years behind the times."

Added: February 16, 2013
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The pope chosen in this second decade of the 21st century should have the vision of John XXIII, a vision that called forth those who formed the Second Vatican Council. His mandate should be to support and guide the continuation of the work of Vatican II such that a future Synod of Bishops might resemble the assembly of academics that have supported the Catholic Scholars' Declaration on Authority.

Added: February 15, 2013
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I pray that the new Pope will be genuinely ccmmitted to the reforming agenda of the Second Vatican Council. It's all there - from episcopal collegiality, religious freedom, the ability to profoundly discern "the signs of the times" and "sharing the joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the people of our time,especially those who are poor or in any way afflecited". The late Cardinal Carlo Maria Montini shortly before his death was asked the same question we are asking ourselves at this juncture; we might well recall his reply:
" ...he prophetically calls for courage to revive the “embers of the Vatican Council still waiting to be fanned into flame”. In answer to a question about the situation of the Church today he says, “The Church is tired…Our culture has grown old, our churches are big, our religious houses are empty, the bureaucratic apparatus of the Church is growing out of all proportion, our rituals and our vestments are pompous… We should be looking for men and women who are closer to their fellow men and women, just as Archbishop Romero and the Jesuit martyrs in El Salvador. Where are our heroes today who can inspire us? In no way must we impose on them institutional constraints…”
When asked who can help the Church today, he says, “I suggest that the Pope and the bishops should assign leadership roles to persons who are not restricted by narrow rules and conventions (‘fuori dalle righe’); those who are close to the poor, who can galvanise young people by being willing to try new approaches…The Church is 200 years behind the times. Are we afraid? Faith, trust and love are the foundation of the Church. Only love can overcome tiredness. God is Love.”


Added: February 14, 2013
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A good pope must continue in the traditions of both Pope John and Pope Benedict to take stand for social and economic justice and equality. Moreover, unlike the two previous popes and for the sake of the continuation of the Church, a good pope must allow the ordination of married priests and most of all, women.

Added: February 14, 2013
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