July 21, 2004 at 6:25 pm #876AnonymousInactive
With his obviously failing health, it is likely our holy father will be going home in the near future. Are there any thoughts as to his succesor?
I hear this holy man’s name is bantered about sometimes [url:2a3ojdy3]http://www.thomasaquinas.edu/news/newsletter/2002/spring/schonborn.htm[/url:2a3ojdy3]July 23, 2004 at 8:31 pm #3147
I think I’ve seen Cardinal Arinze’s name brought up a few more times than this other guy.
I’ve met Cardinal Arinze and had my picture taken with him too. ” title=”Smile” />July 25, 2004 at 2:52 am #3163AnonymousInactive
So, Jon…who’s this Cardinal Arinze? I haven’t heard of him.
Gee, I hope he’s not quite as much into the Opus Dei school of thought (unquestioning obedience, more attention to dogma than compassion, etc) as the priests here seem to be!July 25, 2004 at 5:34 am #3168
Cardinal Arinze is from Africa (I forget which country). He has held some pretty high positions in the Vatican. Just go to Google and I am sure you can find out a lot more about him. ” title=”Smile” />
I wasn’t endorsing him though – just saying I have heard his name mentioned a lot.February 25, 2005 at 1:38 am #3749AnonymousInactive
[color=darkblue:3cvixmuz]Arinze is from Nigeria is he not?
What is wrong with good Cardinal Ratzinger? I like him.[/color:3cvixmuz]February 25, 2005 at 2:14 am #3752AnonymousInactive
Ok, I know this probably sounds dumb, but, how exactly do or will they go about choosing the next pope? What is the process? I know (very dumb) but I really have no ideaFebruary 25, 2005 at 3:35 am #3758
[quote:zryp2m85]Ok, I know this probably sounds dumb, but, how exactly do or will they go about choosing the next pope? What is the process? I know (very dumb) but I really have no idea [/quote:zryp2m85]
Don’t worry. ” title=”Smile” /> You’re not expected to know everything and I certainly don’t know some things as well.
Anyway, in brief, when the reigning pope dies within a short time all the Cardinals of the world under 80 years old get together in Rome (called a [i:zryp2m85]conclave[/i:zryp2m85]).
They then spend time with each other and begin a process of voting each day until there is a majority or unanimous (can’t remember which) vote for the next successor of Peter.
This process can take days, weeks, months and even years.February 25, 2005 at 4:12 am #3761AnonymousInactive
YEARS? WOWFebruary 25, 2005 at 4:58 am #3764
Yeah, if I remember correctly there was a time in history when it took almost 3 years to elect a new pope.
I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure about it.February 25, 2005 at 2:31 pm #3767AnonymousInactive
Well, I really hope that it won’t take that long when the time comes.February 25, 2005 at 5:57 pm #3769AnonymousInactive
generally it’s done pdq isn’t it though? most of the dates in my books seem to be a matter of weeks at the most, and the last couple have been really quick.
Pax vobiscum,[/color:2qlr951z]February 25, 2005 at 6:40 pm #3770
Yeah, I think so, but I thought (a.k.a. could be wrong) that there was a time in history when it took a long time to elect a new pope.February 27, 2005 at 12:03 am #3789AnonymousInactive
It has been some time since JP2 became Pope. I can’t remember anyone predicting that JP2 would be the one. Nor can I remember anyone predicting that JP1 would be the one. Was it not a surprise to everyone? Or was I just too unaware at the time?
So I have heard this theory about Cardinal Arinze before. People seem to think that Africa is the next ‘Russia’ so to speak in terms of the Holy Spirit’s focus. Someone who understands Africa the way JP2 understood Poland and the Eastern bloc seems, according to many, indicated for our Church. Has the focus on communism ended? Is Asia not interesting? I guess Africa has such a spectrum of needs and banners. There is certainly the AIDS epidemic, the genocides, the war-affected children, Islam, and other things which do not come to mind. Or are we moving toward a focus on international terrorist cartels? In what region would a potential pope emerge for that?
But I meander. I basically know nothing about how popes are chosen. Nothing at all. Right now I am just worried about the one we have. I will miss him so much when God calls him home.February 27, 2005 at 12:49 am #3791AnonymousInactive
As well as Arinze, I’ve heard Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger of Germany and Oscar Andres Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras seem plausible.
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