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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 08:29 AM

Any Catholic can be elected Pope. Do you have any suggestions for the Vatican?

Any Catholic can be selected as Pope. I think DU will have some valuable suggestions about the next Pope.

Mine are Steven Colbert, Joe Scarborough, and Joe Biden. Colbert would bring youth, vitality, and media savvy to the See.

DUers love Scabs. They post the latest from his show daily. He would be the more "conservative" option that DUers seem to tolerate.

My favorite is Joe Biden. He's a devout Catholic with high level executive govt experience. He was thinking about running for president. Why not Pope?

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Reply Any Catholic can be elected Pope. Do you have any suggestions for the Vatican? (Original post)
Renew Deal Feb 2013 OP
graham4anything Feb 2013 #1
rurallib Feb 2013 #5
yellowcanine Feb 2013 #39
Johonny Feb 2013 #41
yellowcanine Feb 2013 #40
annabanana Feb 2013 #2
longship Feb 2013 #3
Ichingcarpenter Feb 2013 #4
dembotoz Feb 2013 #16
RainbowSuperfund Feb 2013 #36
Tanuki Feb 2013 #6
Renew Deal Feb 2013 #7
Kath1 Feb 2013 #18
s-cubed Feb 2013 #32
ananda Feb 2013 #8
Kath1 Feb 2013 #10
Drahthaardogs Feb 2013 #20
YoungDemCA Feb 2013 #38
ScreamingMeemie Feb 2013 #9
blueamy66 Feb 2013 #11
ScreamingMeemie Feb 2013 #12
blueamy66 Feb 2013 #14
ScreamingMeemie Feb 2013 #19
blueamy66 Feb 2013 #24
muriel_volestrangler Feb 2013 #13
Nye Bevan Feb 2013 #15
obamanut2012 Feb 2013 #17
JVS Feb 2013 #21
Renew Deal Feb 2013 #22
pinboy3niner Feb 2013 #23
magical thyme Feb 2013 #25
Gormy Cuss Feb 2013 #42
Champion Jack Feb 2013 #26
eShirl Feb 2013 #30
HockeyMom Feb 2013 #27
cbrer Feb 2013 #28
ButterflyBlood Feb 2013 #29
eShirl Feb 2013 #31
unapatriciated Feb 2013 #33
Brother Buzz Feb 2013 #34
NightWatcher Feb 2013 #35
RZM Feb 2013 #37

Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 08:31 AM

1. Justice Scalia.

 

Actually, his retirement is the announcment I am waiting for.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 08:42 AM

5. How about Thomas? Then we'd never hear from the Pope again.

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Response to rurallib (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:52 AM

39. Good one. And Obama would get a SCOTUS appointment.

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Response to rurallib (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 12:17 PM

41. +1

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:53 AM

40. Scalia will hold out until the 2016 election, imo.

As will Thomas, even though he doesn't even like being on the SCOTUS.

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 08:32 AM

2. STEPHAN COLBERT!!!

Just think of it! He'd be a fuckin' GREAT Pope!

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 08:33 AM

3. Professor Kenneth Miller.

Biologist who is helping lead the way against the lunacy of creationism and its evil spawn, intelligent design.

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 08:34 AM

4. Sinéad O'Connor

Just to shake things up.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:35 AM

16. she actually cares, would be brilliant

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Response to dembotoz (Reply #16)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:45 AM

36. +++++ :)

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 08:45 AM

6. Sister Simone Campbell would be an improvement.

But wait, you didn't really mean ANY Catholic, did you? More like any male Catholic...

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Response to Tanuki (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 08:46 AM

7. I think you are correct

My mistake.

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Response to Tanuki (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:40 AM

18. Yes she would!

Her and the other "nuns on the bus" are actually living their faith.

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Response to Tanuki (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:29 AM

32. I like that idea. nt

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 08:48 AM

8. LOL

My choice would be Caroline Kennedy.

However, the way I understand it, the pope has already appointed conservative cardinals to keep his criminal nazi anti-woman legacy in place.

The pump has been primed, the well has been well and truly poisoned. Sigh.

It would so nice to have a liberal Vatican IV, wouldn't it?

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Response to ananda (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:08 AM

10. That's an excellent suggestion!

"As a Catholic woman, I take reproductive health seriously, and today, it is under attack. This year alone, more than a dozen states have passed more than 40 restrictions on women’s access to reproductive health care. That’s not the kind of future I want for my daughters or your daughters. Now isn’t the time to roll back the rights we were winning when my father was president. Now is the time to move this country forward." - Caroline Kennedy at the Democratic National Convention.

She speaks for millions of Catholic women.

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Response to ananda (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:41 AM

20. There are more than a few Cardinals who are more "liberal" that Ratiznger wa/is

including the odds on favorite now Peter Turkson. Of course, being Catholic, they are all more conservative than most, so it is of course, relative.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Reply #20)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:51 AM

38. Yeah, the Catholic Church hierarchy has never really been "liberal"...

..in any meaningful sense of the word.

Some members of the hierarchy have, however, been periodically more concerned with social justice than with their orthodox-conservative strict interpretations of Catholic dogma and doctrine.

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 08:48 AM

9. My Dad.

Or my Aunt Carmel. (the only person I know on earth that walks the walk while talking the talk, yet never pushing her Faith on anyone)

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #9)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:14 AM

11. Unless your Dad took a vow of celibacy after you were conceived,

he's not eligible.

And since women cannot be Catholic priests, your Aunt Carmel is SOL as well.

But I do appreciate your Aunt's faith and outlook.

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Response to blueamy66 (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:17 AM

12. Yes, this I know as I was raised Catholic. However,

it was my view on what exactly is wrong with the Church.

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #12)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:32 AM

14. I agree that there are problems with the Catholic Church.

I went to parochial school for 13 years....yes, preschool too.

But I still find comfort in my faith.

And I'm sure, if my Mom was still alive, she'd be like your Aunt Carmel.

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Response to blueamy66 (Reply #14)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:40 AM

19. They don't make them anymore like your mom and my Aunt Carmel.

WannaBe (my daughter) went to parochial school, but my parents couldn't afford it for me and my brothers. Instead, we took the CCD bus every Thursday afternoon to our church for the last two hours of classes. The Protestant kids were so jealous.

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #19)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:50 AM

24. I just found out that my Dad worked 2 jobs to keep me in Catholic School.

As a Junior, I was to be confirmed. My Mom was pissed that I wasn't given prep classes at school, but, instead had to go to classes at my parish at night to prepare. She even called our Bishop.

I would have sent my kids to Catholic School if I would have had any.

The pros SOOO outweigh the cons.

Hope the next Pope rocks like Pope John Paul II did. We need some change!

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:29 AM

13. Tony Blair, Silvio Berlusconi, Bono, Lance Armstrong and Madonna

You can get odds on them all: http://www.oddschecker.com/politics-and-election/next-pope/winner

One bookie has Blair at only 100-1 ...

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:32 AM

15. Martin O'Malley (nt)

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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:38 AM

17. Martin Sheen

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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:42 AM

21. Joe Scarborough?

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Response to JVS (Reply #21)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:44 AM

22. Yes

He's very popular on DU. People always post what happens on his show.

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Response to JVS (Reply #21)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:48 AM

23. Well, it WOULD get him off morning cable

Hmmmmm...

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:51 AM

25. Mel Gibson

international name recognition and far more interesting "sermons" than most could give. Plus he's got the misogyny down pat. what women *don't* want.

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Response to magical thyme (Reply #25)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 12:22 PM

42. That'd be like the Tea Party takeover of the Vatican.

Even the conservative cardinals would be upset.

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:52 AM

26. Father Guido Sarducci

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Response to Champion Jack (Reply #26)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 10:12 AM

30. +1

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:53 AM

27. Pope Richardus Santorum

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 10:01 AM

28. Lindsay Lohan. nt

 

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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 10:09 AM

29. Paul Ryan would be most fitting with the church's current trend

nt

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:37 AM

33. He must also be male and become a Bishop before becoming Pope.

Everyday Catholics do not get to participate in the process.

http://www.catholicnews.com/jpii/stories/concl03.htm
Only cardinals under the age of 80 can vote in the conclave; older cardinals do not enter the Sistine Chapel. In theory, any baptized male Catholic can be elected pope, but current church law says he must become a bishop before taking office; since the 15th century, the electors always have chosen a fellow cardinal.

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:39 AM

34. Father Guido Sarducci



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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:40 AM

35. Survivor Vatican....or Top Pope... or So You Think You Can Pontif....

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:48 AM

37. Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino

 

Actually anybody from 'Jersey Shore' would be fine with me.

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