As the cardinals prepare for the conclave to elect the next pope this week, I would like to recommend a candidate they may have overlooked. Someone I think would be the perfect pope successor. Father Duty.
No surprise, transparency has no place in the conclave; all participants must take a pledge of secrecy. Indeed, how can we even expect transparency when many of the cardinal electors stand accused of the very behavior they claim to deplore?
A bad choice could set back the cause of the Church's renewal even more. A mediocre choice will only ensure that the Church continues to wallow in the current woes. A truly wise, visionary choice will lead the transformation of the Church to ensure its vitality for generations to come.
Pope Benedict's decision to resign bets on a better future for the Catholic Church, with the certainty that through faith, the conclave of Cardinals will choose the most appropriate candidate for his successor.
No one expected one inning of runs to start the National League Championship Series. But as they say in the Majors, "that's just baseball!" Two starting pitchers ended their nights early and the starting pitching rotation for the San Francisco Giants is in question.