- Posted March 1, 2013 by
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Now that Pope Benedict XVI has officially resigned from his post as pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, many Roman Catholics await the election of a new pope. Many Roman Catholics are wondering if the selection process for the new pope can be hastened. Some of them are maybe thinking if it's possible for a Black man or an Asian man to be elected as pope. Some Roman Catholics are also thinking if a non-European can be chosen as pope. There has never been someone from either Africa or Latin America who got elected as pope. The conclave would have to elect someone who is younger than 80 years old, so that the new pope can effectively fulfill his duties and tasks as a minister of God. The would-be elected pope should be in good health, so he can act decisively as leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
I'm wondering if the would-be elected pope can accept stem-cell research as legitimate, because such endeavor has opened new doors for curing life-threatening diseases like cancer. I'm also thinking if the would-be pope can become open to certain feminist ideas like giving women greater role within the Roman Catholic Church. Would he allow women to hold offices in Vatican City? Would he allow married people to become priests and nuns? Would he allow priests, nuns and cardinals to have the free choice to get married? I'm hoping that Pope Benedict XVI's successor will be open to progressive ideas, so that the Roman Catholic Church would be seen as a dynamic institution that can asapt to modern-day situations.