"You know, I could actually ask one of my professors, if you wanted to hear what they have to say."
Which is why I posted that in reply to your post. Thanks. Consider it a non-credit assignment (unless you can wangle some credit out of them.) :-)
@MikeLong - I believe the answer is the fear of death and subsequently, hell - that gun-to-the-head story that Prof. Robert maintains couldn't possibly be effective --
One has to distinguish between the Catholic Church with all its restrictive policies and the Catholic on the street who has his/her own ideas about contraception, abortion, homosexuality, gay marriage, etc.
Thats interesting Sam ... I didnt know that he was the runner up.
I haven't really looked into him, but I did scope out a few of the candidates. It occurred to me that they were not looking to find a new Pope, but rather give the old Pope a new face, name and regional origin. The only thing I can say about the Catholic doublespeak on issues such as homosexuality is that it leaves a gap for liberal Roman Catholics to interpret the Church's stance as acceptance when in practice, it's as homophobic as ever. When it comes to such issues, give someone an inch to believe what they want to believe and they'll take a mile.
I thought it was really funny when they were showing us the candidates, they had two token black guys in there ... As if to say ... 'Hey were hip" .. But we all knew that there was no way a black Pope would ever be elected...
I think they want Africa to bolster their numbers as it may be a more accessible market for expansion than others.
That's the American news media, Angela, not the Catholic Church. There's no such thing as a papal "candidate", and certainly no PR group within the Curia who would even know what "hip" meant <g>.
and certainly no PR group within the Curia who would even know what "hip" meant
The pope's recent venture into the world of Twitter would disagree. If that is not a sad attempt to appeal to the internet generation, I don't know what is.
From a little research, he's anti-contraception and anti-gay so yes he is an irrational zealot. It's garbage in and garbage out as usual with the Raping Catholic Church.