The Southern Cross, the weekly South African Catholic newspaper, has a letter and an article hoping for something that will not happen.
When the cardinals meet in conclave in March, will they look around and ask “Who amongst us is like Benedict? Who can ‘hold the line’, enforce orthodoxy and punish any deviance?” Or will they recognise that these two papacies have put the Church badly off balance with its centre of gravity now far to the right? …”
Deus avertat! Hopefully they will recognise that we need another Pope Benedict. We need orthodoxy.
A fellow Capetonian asks for something even worse: Plea to modernise the Church
I believe that Catholics should actively consider discarding all the vestments presently worn by the pope and bishops and others … Why not urgently, for the love of Christ, the Church and its people, dress the pope, bishops, nuns and others in well-cut business-like suits, even sometimes in informal or sports clothes? … Why not abandon strange hand signals and overly timid voices, so that the message of Jesus Christ can be taken seriously?
Seriously? Abandon the Sign of the Cross? Abandon nearly 2000 years of deep, rich symbolism that, even without words, has the ability to bring us closer to God? Yes, there are other denominations to join if you don’t want rich, biblical symbolism.
And no, the next pope will not allow the ordination of women.