Somehow I can’t imagine the Cardinals now in seclusion selecting a new Pope to be a group of men tuned in to reality. They are, instead, men who spent their careers climbing inside the Church and living lives much different than ordinary people.
I’ve been thinking how helpful it would be to have some Nuns on the team, reflecting today’s real world. That is, they reflect a world where women play an equal role, where all the variations in humans exist and where public opinion and demographics are real.
My impression is the Cardinals see harsh church policy applicable to the real world. They see the Catholic Church as the most important institution in the world and only responsible to God.
If the Nuns were there, they could point out public opinion in most countries of the world is moving to accept marriage of gays. They would put spread sheets of the tables and show Cardinals nearly all Catholics practice birth control in spite of clergy prohibition.
I’m not sure the Cardinals know the field of demographics. Nuns, who talk directly to all kinds of people, would explain young Hispanic people are leaving the Catholic Church, that much of South America is no longer Catholic.
With their better management instincts, Nuns would explain to the Cardinals any administrator who moved a pedophile priest from one parish to another instead of turning him into the police, must be fired, not promoted.
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