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‘PICK A POPE’- not as helpful as it may seem.

I do not trust the media, at all. When I came across this post which is obviously meant to stir up controversy regarding the candidates ‘profiles’, I was immediately dubious. Take a look and make up your own mind.

Below is a sample introduction at the Guardian’s site for the candidate below: 

Josip BozanićJosip Bozanic
Age 63

Country Croatia

Outlook Conservative

Career Pastoral
The cardinal, who is the archbishop of Zagreb, served as chancellor and as vicar general of the Curia of Krk. He was lecturer in dogmatic theology and canon law at the Theological Institute of Rijeka and served as vice-president of the Council of European Bishops Conferences from 2001 until 2011. In 2002, when the UN war crimes tribunal in the Hague demanded the extradition of a former army chief indicted for war crimes against Serb civilians and wounded soldiers in 1993, Bozanić urged the country to unite in the face of the external pressure. He was created a cardinal by Cardinal by John Paul II on 21 October 2003.
What follows is the same for each of the candidates, albeit slightly altered descriptors,in the case of conservative candidates. My comments in italics.
  • believes in contraception to prevent the spread of disease (I don’t see this as being ‘conservative’at all. It’s against Church teaching! Would definitely not be my choice . Perhaps this point would sway voters in a political election?)
  • is open to dialogue with other faiths (Really, s this really something that’s on the top of the priority list for the Cardinals?)
  • is not facing questions over any abuse scandals (probably would put a spoke in the wheel with regard to being elected as Pope) 
  • is not facing questions over the handling of the Vatileaks scandal (How does the Guardian know this fact?)

The more I think about the impending changes facing the Church , the more I pray for someone who has similar outlooks on the Faith as our beloved Pope Emeritus!


Undoubtably a prayerful, free vote offered before Almighty God by these men…

Catholic Voices Comment

The time for discussions – often intense – over the needs of the Church and the times is over. Now the cardinals enter the conclave to choose who, among them, should take the helm.conclave3

Putting together information shared with journalists yesterday by the Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, and some leaks to Italian newspapers this morning, curial governance has again emerged as a strong theme, including the issue of financial transparency and management of the Vatican Bank, the so-called ‘Vatileaks’ affair, as well as allegations of sexual impropriety. There is a strong desire for the next pope to get a grip; and a desire, too, for greater ‘collegiality’ – meaning the question of relations between Rome and the bishops.

conclaveMassBut it is misleading to suggest that the cardinals are looking for a good governor or administrator. As Cardinal Angelo Sodano, presiding this morning’s papal election Mass in St Peter’s, made…

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