Cardinals face delicate decision in picking new Catholic leader

The 120 or so cardinals who are eligible to vote on selecting the next pope could do something dramatic.

But they likely won’t. A conservative choice is the best bet to succeed Pope Benedict XVI, who announced his resignation Monday. According to news reports, Benedict named 67 of the cardinals in recent years, enough to ensure a conservative voting bloc.

Pope Benedict XVI removes his cap in this Associated Press photo.

The Catholic Church has been circumventing reality for decades now. Progressive issues dominate debate in the West, including Europe and the United States. The result has been a culture war over contraception, homosexuality and the role of women in the church, among other issues.

Meanwhile, the Vatican has so sidestepped progress that surveys indicate that more than 90 percent of Catholics don’t even adhere to contraception policy.

Is it time to change, adapt and modernize the church doctrine? That is a question on the minds of many today.

On our minds anyway. Inside the Vatican walls, I doubt many of the cardinals are giving progressive ideas any thought whatsoever.

The bottom line is the church is doing very well with theologically traditional Catholics in Africa and parts of Asia. Growth in those areas have the Vatican threatening a standoff with Islam.

A Vatican III conference may be a possibility. At any rate, Joe Biden will not be the new pope.

About John Hilton

I grew up in Susquehanna County, Pa. and graduated Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism/political science in 1998. After working for nearly three years for a weekly paper in upstate New York, I came to southcentral Pennsylvania. I spent 13 years as a reporter and editor for The Sentinel in Carlisle and joined the York Daily Record as religion reporter in September 2011.
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