Interesting question. Â Daniel Honan at Big Think mulls it over
Some time in March a puff of white smoke will rise over St. Peter’s Square. Will it signal a black Pope from Africa? Â
After the surprising resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, there is speculation thatÂ Ghanaian CardinalÂ Peter TurksonÂ is an early favorite. Nigerian CardinalÂ Francis ArinzeÂ is another potential contender.
The Catholic Church today is not your grandfather’s Catholic Church. That’s not just because ofÂ Vatican II. The selection of a black Pope would represent the rapidly changing demographics of the Church. There areÂ over 135 million CatholicsÂ in Africa, making it the second fastest-growing region for CatholicismÂ after Asia.
A Pope from Africa would also be of particular significance in regard to efforts to modernize Church doctrine on contraception and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Turkson has made his belief known that he does not see condoms as the solution to Africa’s AIDS crisis, but he has also suggested some flexibility when it comes to married couples.
A pope from Ghana or Nigeria.
Don’t see that child abuse thing being dealt with transparently any time soon.