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Rome saw a striking coincidence this week, which could be either simple luck or a sign of things to come. There were two big-ticket Vatican news flashes, Monday's note on reform of the international economy and Thursday's summit of religious leaders in Assisi. In both cases, the same Vatican official was a prime mover: Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Turkson, still young in church terms at 63, was the chief organizer of the Assisi gathering, just as he was the top signatory on the document blasting "neo-liberal" ideologies and calling for a "true world political authority" to regulate the economy. During Vatican press conferences to present both, Turkson was the star attraction each time. Can anyone say, papabile? Before getting over-heated, however, three cautions are in order.First, there's no sign of a health crisis around Benedict XVI.....Second, we've been down this road before ... fascinated by a charismatic African cardinal in Rome, who seems a runner to become the first black pope.....Third, not everyone was thrilled by the developments involving Turkson this week. Neo-conservatives were dismayed by the note on the economy, and traditionalists howled over Assisi. (A colleague jokingly suggested the Vatican must have designated this the week to irritate the Catholic right, but that's another topic.)....With those caveats, there are still four good reasons to keep an eye on Turkson.
Maybe, every year, we should release a season ranking of cardinals for papal succession, like what ESPN does for preseason rankings of college teams. In the end, though, it always proves to be a futile exercise.
Funny thing is, I just found out today about Malachy's papal prophecies, says there would be one more Pope after Benedict, then Rome would be destroyed, the Church persecuted, and the final judgement, and the Pope's name would be "Peter the Roman"
There's never going to be another Peter. There's a rule against taking that name. If Cardinal Turkson is elected Pope, he will have to chose another name for his papal ordination.
Quote from: biro on October 30, 2011, 07:38:48 AMThere's never going to be another Peter. There's a rule against taking that name. If Cardinal Turkson is elected Pope, he will have to chose another name for his papal ordination. as far as in i know without researching it right now, there is no rule per say about not taking the name Peter, rather it is simply a custom that no one will ever break. Kinda like how the president of the states only serves for two ter...oh wait, that was broken(then the rule was made)but, i agree that there will never be another peter
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