February 13th, 2013
04:20 AM ET

What some Catholics want in next pope

What do Catholics around the world say they want in the next leader of the church? CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI

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  1. balij

    An exclusive list of candidates who can succeed him is available at


    February 14, 2013 at 10:38 am |
  2. anthonyhantonh

    As a Catholic I have no say on who is Pope. I leave that up to the Conclave of Cardinals and the Papal Synod. Non-Catholics can express their opinons all they want about what color the skin of the next Pope should be, but its all for naught. The Church has its own mechanisms and traditions, and they would be wise to keep Obamaunists in media out of their business.

    February 14, 2013 at 10:10 am |
    • NClaw441

      Well said. I am not Catholic. I find the papal selection process interesting to observe, and I enjoy the ornate and regimented worship in the Catholic tradition. I certainly hope that no one outside of that faith thinks they ought to have a say in how the next pope ought to be selected and what his (her????) characteristics ought to be.

      February 14, 2013 at 11:10 am |
    • Oh Well

      Obamaunists? If it was only Obama influence there might be hope. The problem of the Catholic church since the early 70s is that Satan has infiltrated it. Those who pull the strings are invisible and they are Satanists. This is no news to them since it has been foretold since the Fatima days. Popes have been murdered and replaced with doubles. There is evidence this. But the most damning is their acceptance of pedophilia.

      February 21, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
  3. Robbins Mitchell

    How long has Ben Wedeman been worshiping at the Church of Karl Marx's Dick?

    February 13, 2013 at 10:47 pm |
  4. Dan

    First of all Jesus was on earth to teach us, not the other way around.. Its not what us Catholics want, its what Jesus wants of us Catholics...

    February 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
    • Athy

      Jesus is dead and he ain't coming back. He can't teach anybody anything. When are you religies going to realize this?

      February 15, 2013 at 12:49 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      HAHA only someone who hasn't encountered Jesus would say he has nothing to teach us.

      My prayer for the new pope:

      That he find solace and inspiration from the Holy Spirit. That he proclaim the Gospel faithfully. That he pastor the Church dutifully. That he inspires me to do likewise.

      February 15, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
  5. tammie

    God the father is real and you kenites know it! im not catholic but im christian and why all the hate? because your father is satan?

    February 13, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
    • midwest rail

      I'm sure you said that with all the Christian "love" you could muster.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
    • Johnny Guitar

      "God the father is real" – There is absolutely no credible evidence of this anywhere.

      "and you kenites know it" – We are not Kenites, and we know nothing of the sort. Why did you lie?

      "your father is satan" – bearing false witness again, are you? Funny how Christians cannot follow the rules of their Bible, like" Do not bear false witness" and "do unto others" and "judge not, lest thou be judged", but they demand others do. Hypocrisy.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
    • NClaw441

      Tammie, you weren't hoping to attact new converts (as Christ called us to do) with that post, were you?

      February 14, 2013 at 11:12 am |
  6. Stop Animal Testing! They Don't Know THe Answers!

    Catholics can play "fantasy pope" all they want, but the Vatican most definitely does not listen.

    February 13, 2013 at 1:25 pm |
  7. Mahdi Domitrovich

    So much talk is circulating about the "politically correct" or "regional" choices for the next pope. IF anyone is listening to the college or cardinals, piety can not be measured by region . . .

    February 13, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
  8. Over 40,000 denominations of insanity

    Has anything improved with Christianity since 200+ years ago?

    Thomas Jefferson, POTUS #3 (from Notes on the State of Virginia):

    Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.

    James Madison, POTUS #4, chief architect of the U.S. Constitution & the Bill of Rights (from A Memorial and Remonstrance delivered to the Virginia General Assembly in 1785):

    During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution.

    John Adams, POTUS #2 (in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, 09/03/1816):

    I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved – the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced! With the rational respect that is due to it, knavish priests have added prostitutions of it, that fill or might fill the blackest and bloodiest pages of human history.

    Ben Franklin (from a letter to The London Packet, 3 June 1772):

    If we look back into history for the character of present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practised it on one another. The first Protestants of the Church of England, blamed persecution in the Roman church, but practised it against the Puritans: these found it wrong in the Bishops, but fell into the same practice themselves both here and in New England.

    Thomas Paine (from The Age of Reason):

    All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.

    February 13, 2013 at 8:29 am |
    • NClaw441

      I would say that there are millions living today, and many millions who have gone on before, who would say that their Christian faith has indeed improved their lives. Those who do not have faith (as is their right, although I pray that they might come to faith as they look inside themselves, at other Christians (not the mean ones you see here sometimes) and at the creation I believe God made) cannot perhaps appreciate how much better most Christians' lives are because of that faith.

      February 14, 2013 at 11:22 am |
  9. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 13, 2013 at 7:53 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your repeated assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE), the expression that best matches the degree to which your repeated unfounded assertions may represent truths is: "EPIC FAIL".

      February 13, 2013 at 8:46 am |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      Please dont feed the troll.

      February 13, 2013 at 8:56 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      February 13, 2013 at 10:55 am |
    • NClaw441


      If by prayer "working" you mean that God grants every prayer request, then you are right, prayer does not "work" at least not all the time. And if you are not a believer (as is your right, although I pray that you may one day have that faith) then it may be difficult to understand that prayer is more than a divine Christmas wish list. Prayer is communicating with God about many things: love and admiration of God and acknowledging that He IS God; confession of one's sins with the honest intent to try and turn away from those wrongful acts; asking for God's daily care; asking for God's intervention in our lives and those of our loved ones, in a manner consistent with God's will– and just unloading on Him.

      There is no promise in scripture that prayer will end all our suffering and needs. God could have made us having no suffering or needs (of course, the Genesis story says that He did do that), but why would faith be needed then? In fact, without suffering and need very few, in any, of the most admired qualities of man could exist. How can there be compassion without someone in need of compassion? How is there healing without sickness? Bravery without war or enemies? Sharing without need?

      Some would complain that God should not have made the world this way, and others say that if there were a God that the world would NOT be the way it is. I disagree. We usually look at the world from our own perspective, which is normal (and why we used to think the sun revolved around the earth). But God was not made for us; we were made for God. He put us here to live our lives of course, but also to love and worship Him, and to depend on Him. He could have made us roboticly love Him, but what sort of love is that? He wants us to love Him of our own will, so He gave us free choice.

      Many would say, "I could never believe in a God who would.... (let there be suffering and death, hunger, pain, etc.)" I submit that God is who God is. The world is at it is, as we can observe. We don't get to determine what sort of God He is.

      All of the above is my expression of my faith. I am sure many disagree. I have no proof. I only have faith, which is enough for me, and for many others. But I don't demand that you believe as I do. I do hope that you will engage in a search for your own faith...

      February 14, 2013 at 11:40 am |
  10. Science

    One that is honest about creation and how it works !

    February 13, 2013 at 6:33 am |
    • rocketscientist

      Well, I believe JP II and Benedict were both science-friendly. The Catholic Church does embrace the theory of evolution and teaches it in parochial schools.

      February 13, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
    • Science

      Creation story needs to be debunked Adam and Eve by church.

      February 14, 2013 at 8:09 am |
    • Saraswati

      As rocketscience pointed out, evolution and creation aren't really an issue in Catholicism as they are in conservative protestant religions. There are other issues to focus on with the Catholic Church.

      February 14, 2013 at 8:13 am |
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