So the current Pope is retiring (not shy, just retiring). Now that doesn’t happen very often, and I am sure that there will be a great ballyhoo about the selection of the new Pope.
I certainly do not. the reason is that the Holy Roman Catholic Church is the most calcified major organization on the planet. No matter who is elected, it will not change. And, apparently, Popes who suggest significant change don’t live long. Change is not what Popes are for. They say the Pope leads the Church but I think it is the other way around.
So, that means for this country that the new Pope will be as ignored as the present one. For example, the Pope says Catholics may not use artificial birth control. Over 90% of American Catholic women do so. American Catholic Bishops created a hue and cry to try to get the Obama administration to enforce this dictum through Obamacare because they could not enforce it themselves. And there are many more of the Mother Church’s dictates that Americans turn a deaf ear to, which is fascinating because the Pope is infallible in religious matters. We know this because he has told us so.
The Catholic Church will remain as obdurate and backward as it always has been. So, we get a new Pope . . . BFD, who cares?