Will the Next Pope Be Black?


Via NY Daily News

Interesting question.  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?  

After the surprising resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, there is speculation that Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson is an early favorite. Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze is another potential contender.

The Catholic Church today is not your grandfather’s Catholic Church. That’s not just because of Vatican II. The selection of a black Pope would represent the rapidly changing demographics of the Church. There are over 135 million Catholics in Africa, making it the second fastest-growing region for Catholicism 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.


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  • starboard

    no…you cant have a black pope…its just not right

  • Rodger T

    Maybe…………….when hell freezes over.

  • Lion_ess

    Probably, I think there are more catholics in the African/South American countries than in the European ones.

  • TomTom

    People should realise that they tried modernising the Church centuries ago. It’s called the Protestant Reformation. And all it did was just set up yet another Christian ‘heirarchy’ to go with the Catholic and the Orthodox branches.

  • williamabong

    We will know if it’s black smoke, and yellow smoke if he’s Chinese.

  • Mitch82

    Different face, same position, same institution. Nothing will change. The Onion nailed it on the head with their article:


    VATICAN CITY—Citing his advancing age and deteriorating health, Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation from the papacy Monday, saying he no longer possessed the strength and energy required to lead the Catholic Church backward.

    According to the 85-year-old pontiff, after considerable prayer and reflection on his physical stamina and mental acuity, he concluded that his declining faculties left him unable to helm the Church’s ambitious regressive agenda and guide the faith’s one billion global followers on their steady march away from modernity and cultural advancement.

    • Cadwallader

      I vote for Sonny Bill as like Benedict he’ll pull out before the end of the fight.

  • Sponge

    I think it would be best if he was Asian – it would do less damage to the kids…..

  • Sponge

    and he might not be black but I am sure he will be a bit the Len Brown way.

  • Mr Sackunkrak

    I think they would vote for a Muslim pope ahead of a cheeky darkie.

  • Meg


    If I remember rightly (I’ll need to check) but I think there is a prophesy about a black Pope and the fall of the Catholic Church. Even in the 21st century, I do not see them “risking” it.

    • Bunswalla

      Oooohh, the prophecy. Like the Mayan one?

    • Agent BallSack

      This litany of Black Catholics would not be complete without some acknowledgement of the three black popes. According to The Book of Pontiffs (Liber Pontificalis), there were three popes from Africa. Pope St. Victor I was the first. He reigned from 186-197 A.D. as the 15th Pope. We should thank Pope Victor I for settling the controversy about when to celebrate Easter. Pope St. Militiades was the second pontiff from Africa. He reigned from 311-314 A.D. as the 32nd or 37th Pope (there are conflicting accounts as to his place in the Papal line). He was very busy during his tenure in the papacy while being consumed with promoting papal infallibility and writing hymns and epistles. The third African Pope was Pope St. Gelasius I who reigned from 492-496 A.D. as the 49th Pope. He was pope during a time of peace and religious toleration as Constantine became emperor and legalized Christianity.

    • Agent BallSack

      A simple google search Meg. According to your prophecy the Catholic Church ended in 186 AD.

  • David Broome

    Why shouldn’t the next pope be black or asian, white or hispanic but as a presbytarian i am an interested bystander. That said a black pope will pose a tremendous challenge to liberals for the most conservative bastions of church orthodoxy, i understand, are out of Africa.

  • kohibruce

    Vote father Dougal!