April 10, 2005

The new pope must

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

By Richard Gonzales
Special to the Star-Telegram

Since the death of John Paul II, the Roman Catholic Church is in search of a new fisherman.

Like Christ, the new pope must personify the blessed blending of spirit and flesh, holiness and frailty, intellect and heart. The pope must speak several languages, transcend class and race differences and hold a truly catholic view of the world. ...

He should express the church's sincerest apology for all the sexual abuse of children committed by priests. He should issue a papal decree that any priest found guilty for such acts should be barred from the priesthood.

Let the church have compassion for children first.

As members of the College of Cardinals gather in their conclave, may the Holy Spirit guide them. The world awaits white smoke and a new fisherman.

Posted by kshaw at April 10, 2005 09:21 AM