Wednesday, April 6, 2005 at 10:29 AM
Unlike anywhere else in the world, African Catholics are growing in number and are almost as faithful to the Catechism of the Catholic Church as Pope John Paul II was himself. Therefore, the selection of an African Cardinal as the next Pope would seem divinely inspired. But, since there is no more secular rite than a Cardinal Conclave to elect the Pope, divine inspiration from God seems almost anathema to the process.
Most informed commentators on Vatican politics agree that Cardinal Arinze is qualified in every respect…except that he’s black. And, I fear that that even the more catholic Catholics of the world are not ready to kiss the hand (and feet) of a black African as their Holy Father.
Indeed, I suspect that many white Catholics are happy to be seen sowing the seeds of a Black Pope only because they have faith that in the Cardinal Conclave those seeds will only fall among the thorns of corruptible racial prejudice.
A Black Pope? When hell freezes over!
Click here to read how much faith one of Arinze’s fellow African Cardinals has in this visionary prospect.