Open Phones: The Next Pope

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

As the cardinals work to select the next pope, we ask: Does the next pope matter to your Catholic life?

Comments [32]

CK from Yorktown
im happier having logic and reason
but u are welcome to whatever voodoo u wish, unless it harms the rest of us sensible people

Mar. 14 2013 02:25 PM

This guy, Cardinal Mahony helped choose the new child sex ring boss!!

"The Archdiocese of Los Angeles and its former leader Cardinal Roger Mahony have agreed to pay nearly $10m to settle four child sex abuse cases.

Cardinal Mahony, who retired in 2011, was accused of helping a confessed paedophile priest evade law enforcement by sending him out of state to a church-run treatment centre.

The defrocked priest - named as Michael Baker - was later placed back in the Los Angeles ministry.

He was convicted in 2007 and sent to prison on 12 criminal counts of felony oral copulation with a minor involving two boys.

The latest agreement concerns four other cases between the 1970s and the late 1990s."

F'd UP!!

Mar. 13 2013 05:30 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

The Vatican sure is beautiful, but all that art and real estate was paid for with the blood of the crusades and measures of laity exploitation. The upside is that it can all be liquidated to pay for their sins; if only we held them to the same standard as ordinary pedophiles.

New pope: meet the new boss, same as the old boss!

Mar. 13 2013 04:43 PM

Thanks for your comments. Keep them coming! Let us know: Does the next pope matter to your Catholic life? Why or why not?

Mar. 13 2013 02:00 PM
Tony from Canarsie

dboy -- I've visited the Vatican and esthetically it's quite impressive.

Mar. 13 2013 12:27 PM
Ed from Larchmont

Many people aren't well educated in their faith, sometimes through no fault of their own, but everyone can see joy and hope.

Mar. 13 2013 12:16 PM

Beyond nuts.

Mar. 13 2013 12:13 PM


What more do you need to know?

Mar. 13 2013 12:12 PM

Has anyone actually visited the vatican???

It is a catalogue of two thousands years of the MOST egregious examples of exploitation, extortion and plunder!!


Genghis Khan has nothing on the catholic church.

Mar. 13 2013 12:07 PM
CK from Yorktown

Oh there had to be some Catholic bashing didn't there? dboy: are you suggesting that all Catholics are pedophiles. Save it. The behavior is reprehensible it's also not common among Catholics or priests. And to hjs: sorry you have no faith. Don't crap on the rest of us who do.

Mar. 13 2013 12:00 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

Amen, dboy! Praise the lord and pass the lawsuits!

Mar. 13 2013 12:00 PM

...a white puff of smoke.

Is ANYONE paying ANY attention to the ABSURDITY?!?!?!?

Mar. 13 2013 11:59 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

Seriously, callers - dream on if you think the Church will move with the times, "unify" the laity again, or allow women any more say or authority. Accept it and move on to another ism.

Mar. 13 2013 11:58 AM

Whose gunna be the King of the pedophiles?!?!??!

Mar. 13 2013 11:57 AM



Mar. 13 2013 11:56 AM
Christine from Westchester

Ed: The Church DOES change. For example, priests weren't always celebate. Something changed. It can change again. I would not expect to see changes to core values, for example, nothing will cause the Catholic Church to agree with abortion (not should it.) The world has changed and the Church can change too. The change will be slow and it should come from within (comments in the NY Times won't make it happen!)

Mar. 13 2013 11:56 AM

As I so often say ALL you religious people are CRAZY!!!

Mar. 13 2013 11:56 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Maybe it's time you came home. (But the Church isn't going to change it's position on these issues. Maybe investigate them.)

Mar. 13 2013 11:55 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

Ed from Larchmont is right--the Church will never change its "teachings." Moreover, they'll swing to where the low-hanging fruit/largest market is. At present, one of the largest Catholic markets, in South America, is full of Catholic Evangelicism--even more extreme.

Mar. 13 2013 11:54 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Why not agree with everything the church teaches? Catholics are obligated to follow church teaching.

Mar. 13 2013 11:53 AM
Ed from Larchmont

One has to remember that the pope can't teach whatever he wants, he teaches what the church has always taught: some of the issues you mentioned, like contraception, etc., can't change, no matter who is elected.

Mar. 13 2013 11:51 AM
thatgirl from Manhattan

Julie from Hastings on Hudson - No--links and self-promotion don't work within the comments. Neither are supported.

Mar. 13 2013 11:51 AM
The Truth from Becky

JMD - that's funny, people probably think you are serious. *age showing,tucking that back in*

Mar. 13 2013 11:49 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

No--it matters little, because the core cancer within the so-called leadership (let's call them "Congress!") will still thrive: financial demagoguery, obfuscation, cronyism and 18th-century/sexist thinking still abound within the culture. You could say they're a kind of "clan" in themselves, and afforded the inability to support dynamic leadership that brings about real change to make the Church relevant in the 21st century; centuries of denial, so nothing can move. Makeover!

Mar. 13 2013 11:48 AM
Ed from Larchmont

I think Cardinal Dolan would be a good pope - because, like Pope John XXIII, he is gregarious and full of hope, liked by everyone, full of joy.

Mar. 13 2013 11:46 AM
JMD from NY

Father Guido Sarducci

Mar. 13 2013 11:46 AM
Tony from Canarsie

Why is the NYC press, and the US press in general, giving Cardinal Dolan a free pass in regards to his having been the Vatican's "bag man" by offering pederast priests retirement money?

Mar. 13 2013 11:28 AM
Julie Leininger Pycior from Hastings-on-Hudson

Again here is the link again (in hopes that it works this time), for my HuffPo piece "The Most Important Catholic Is...Not the Pope."


Mar. 13 2013 10:11 AM
Julie Leininger Pycior from Hastings-on-Hudson

The Pope matters a lot. But also see my piece, 3/12, in the Huffington Post, "The Most Important Catholic Is...Not the Pope."

Mar. 13 2013 10:08 AM


Mar. 13 2013 10:04 AM
Ed from Larchmont

'A catholic is someone who sees God in the face of an old man in Rome.' Chesterton.

Mar. 13 2013 08:23 AM
Ed from Larchmont

On the one hand, what matters is that we have a pope, not who it is. Once the person is elected, the person receives the 'grace of state', the help of God to fulfill the tasks of the office, which the person has free will to participate with or not. And each of the named candidates will cooperate with that grace.

And then the person will carry out the tasks of the Holy Father, which are very important for any Catholic's life: providing unity among the faithful, being our father in the faith, showing us the face of God, modeling virtue, teaching us about Jesus Christ (as Pope Benedict did in his 3-volume 'Jesus of Nazareth'), and administering (and protecting) the sacraments through the Church to us.

And this is what the Holy Father does for the individual Catholic, in addition there is his action with world governments, other religions, etc., for example when he established the Anglican Ordinariate that brought many Anglicans into the Church. And to lead the bark of Peter in chosen directions: for example, Pope Benedict changed the English translation of the liturgy, helping us to worship better, and moved us toward greater reverence at Mass, and made the Latin Mass more available. He also stressed to us the need to 'seek the Face of God', a new emphasis seen in his pontificate.

The pope is indeed our holy father, papa. His task is to unite and strengthen all the faithful, of which each Catholic is one, and, as pontifex, to build bridges from the Church to the rest of the world, as in the current New Evangelization.

And we grow toward our salvation by our obedience to the pope and his teaching, as he is obedient to God.

Mar. 13 2013 08:21 AM

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