The New Pope Elections
1. The first is a guy named Joseph Ratzinger, and, if what CNN says about him is true, his election would be the latest in a series of self-inflicted disasters for the Catholic Church. His positions on homosexuality, role of women within (and, by extension, outside of) the Church, and birth control are just as backwards as those of the man's who just left office. If the Catholic Church really feels like they are in the midst of a crisis with declining membership and declining participation of that membership, they'll pull their heads from their asses and not elect this tool. The only good thing about this guy is that, at 77 years of age, his reign wouldn't last very long.
2. Secondly, we have Dionigi Tettamanzi of Milan. 70 years of age, he is seen as the "moderate" candidate. This would be a treading water approach for the Church. But today's moderate is ludicrously backwards 15 years from now (and today's Catholic "moderate" is backwards NOW). If they want to elect a new Pope who can fix the problems facing the Church, they'll have to look elsewhere.
3. Thirdly, there is Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, 64, of Honduras. What a Pope this guy would make. First, the guy is cool - he campaigned with Bono for debt relief, and he plays the saxophone; in other words, he's a guy who might make people under the age of 70 think the Church has something for them. Secondly, he is from Honduras, which many of you know is in Central America. Latin America has been the home of possibly the world's most loyal Catholic contingency, certainly outside of Europe. It would be great to see them represented in such a significant manner. The guy is not the dream candidate or anything, but he'd certainly bring a fresh attitude to the office which has been missing the last few years.
Of course, in typical "liberal media" fashion, CNN barely mentions Rodriguez, instead focusing on, their words, the "arch-conservative" and the "moderate" - who is only moderate compared to the first clown. Catholics everywhere, pray for the election of Cardinal Rodriguez, or the Church might very well lose what little remaining importance it has.