If you saw my response to the New Pope being chosen in the Announcements & Links thread, you saw how I respectfully disagreed with the cardinals' selection, primarily because he is already 78 years old (Once you're 80, you're ineligible for nomination) thus won't have a long tenure, and also because while the Catholic church has been growing hugely in popularity throughout developing parts of the world, particularly in South America and Africa, in Europe the church has actually shrunk in size.
The point leading off that latter argument I've made is that having a Latino or African as the new pope would be much well correlative to the current landscape of the Catholic church in the world, and this selection sounds a little off-center to me.
Obviously, of course, the Pope doesn't only influence the Church, they also influence everyone in the world, and I also believe selecting a Pope from a developing society like Haiti, Nigeria or Brazil would be symbolic to putting these developing cultures more in the spotlight or something, whereas this selection is kind of absent of that romantic vision.
Is it just me or are others feeling this sort of skepticism toward this selection?
Regardless of my skepticism, as a Catholic, I am willing to offer him my support and congratulate him for this great honor.
Initial thoughts and opinions on the New Pope?
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"