Intrade, Paddy Power and Ladbrokes. Could the next pope really be from Africa? What would my father say? (I know what he said about the first African American president, and I can't print it here.)
But, no matter; from what I've read about Cardinal Turkson, he's just another old, reactionary Catholic priest. According to Vatican watcher John Allen (my emphasis):
"Theologically, he's seen as a moderate: for example, Turkson has
signalled openness to the argument that condoms might be appropriate for
couples where one partner is HIV-positive and the other isn't, on the
logic that the intent in that case is not to prevent pregnancy but to
Might be appropriate? Is that what passes for a moderate in today's Catholic Church? (Reminds me a little of Sen. Marco Rubio -- a fresh face on stale, old ideas.)
Black, white, whatever; don't expect the Catholic Church to end its slow, steady slide into irrelevance any time soon.