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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 09:59 AM

E.J. Dionne: The best choice for pope? A nun.

In giving up the papacy, Pope Benedict XVI was brave and bold. He did the unexpected for the good of the Catholic Church. And when it selects a new pope next month, the College of Cardinals should be equally brave and bold. It is time to elect a nun as the next pontiff.

Now, I know this hope of mine is the longest of long shots. I have great faith in the Holy Spirit to move papal conclaves, but I would concede that I may be running ahead of the Spirit on this one. Women, after all, are not yet able to become priests, and it is unlikely that traditionalists in the church will suddenly upend the all-male, celibate priesthood, let alone name a woman as the bishop of Rome. Nonetheless, handing leadership to a woman — and in particular, to a nun — would vastly strengthen Catholicism, help the church solve some of its immediate problems and inspire many who have left the church to look at it with new eyes.

Consider, first, what constitutes the church’s strongest claim on public respect and affection. It is not its earthly power, the imposing beauty of St. Peter’s Basilica or even its determination to preserve its doctrine whole. Rather, the church impresses even its critics, and inspires its most loyal and most dissident members, because so many in its ranks walk the talk of the Gospel. Hundreds of thousands of nuns, priests, brothers and laypeople devote their lives to the poor, the marginalized, refugees, the disabled and the homeless, simply because Christ instructed them — us — to do so. Matthew 25:40 contains what may be the most constructive words ever written: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these my brethren, you did for me.”

More than any other group in the church, the sisters have been at the heart of its work on behalf of compassion and justice. Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times made this point as powerfully as anyone in a 2010 column. “In my travels around the world, I encounter two Catholic Churches,” he wrote. “One is the rigid all-male Vatican hierarchy that seems out of touch. . . . Yet there’s another Catholic Church as well, one I admire intensely. This is the grass-roots Catholic Church that does far more good in the world than it ever gets credit for. This is the church that supports extraordinary aid organizations like Catholic Relief Services and Caritas, saving lives every day, and that operates superb schools that provide needy children an escalator out of poverty.”

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Reply E.J. Dionne: The best choice for pope? A nun. (Original post)
onehandle Feb 2013 OP
Helen Reddy Feb 2013 #1
glinda Feb 2013 #2
Tumbulu Feb 2013 #8
ananda Feb 2013 #3
Demeter Feb 2013 #4
TalkingDog Feb 2013 #5
pnwmom Feb 2013 #10
valerief Feb 2013 #6
OldDem2012 Feb 2013 #7
Bluenorthwest Feb 2013 #9
bottomofthehill Feb 2013 #11

Response to onehandle (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:09 AM

1. I would support

 

Sister Simone Campbell (Nuns on the Bus) to lead the Catholic church.

But wait! the Vatican may need her to answer the phones at the Vatican. (yes, the men in funny shoes make the nuns answer the phones)

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Response to Helen Reddy (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:20 AM

2. +1

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Response to Helen Reddy (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:10 PM

8. Yes, good choice!nt

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:22 AM

3. Yeah buddy.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:36 AM

4. And give up Patriarchy?

that's like giving up show business...

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:46 AM

5. Bahahahaaahahaaaaaaaa!!!!! Seriously? I've heard just as many vicious nun stories

as I have heard about pedophile priests. And frankly, they are implicated in the scandals as much as any priest who covered for that disgusting activity.

And just so you know, my exposure to vicious nun stories comes from my Spouse, who grew up Catholic and had/has 3 aunts in the Orders. At family reunions you can hear some eye opening stuff.

They don't need a specific GENDER in the position. That's an incredibly sexist notion. They need a good person.

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Response to TalkingDog (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:18 PM

10. Factually speaking, the nuns have not been implicated

as the men of the Church have in the scandal or in the coverup.

They are excluded from the hierarchy that has been carrying out the coverup, and individual nuns have spoken out strongly.

I'm sorry your spouse had negative experiences with nuns. The nuns who taught at my high school -- post Vatican II -- were wonderful -- strong, caring, and compassionate leaders.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:48 AM

6. Nah, the best choice is air. Time for the Vatican to pack it up. nt

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:03 PM

7. "In giving up the papacy, Pope Benedict XVI was brave and bold"??....

That is the absolute worst sentence I've ever seen in writing from Dionne. What the Hell was he smoking when he wrote that line?

Benedict, or whoever he calls himself these days, is about a half step ahead of the law in regards to his non-handling of the Catholic Church's child abuse scandal, and Dionne actually believes he was being "brave and bold" for "giving up the Papacy"?? Benedict is no better than the predators he protected for decades.

As far as selecting a nun is concerned, who has not heard the horror stories about the mistreatment of children at the hands of some of these monsters?

No, it's time to shut down the Vatican and disband the Catholic Church and return all of their ill-gotten gains to the countries in which their facilities reside. Surely, those who are actually doing good work on behalf of the Catholic Church can find other patrons.



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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:12 PM

9. Ratsy was 'brave and bold'? Dionne has forever lost my ear with that line.

nt

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:26 PM

11. My vote for Pope is Oprah

Then we could call her Poprah

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