An American Pope, blah blah blah…

… And you just made the Holy Spirit laugh. An American pope? I’m against it, as Terry Nelson is so fond of saying. Mr. Nelson – who if you don’t already, should be reading his blog daily - explains why he has such an aversion to the idea of an American pope. An aversion we share. He writes;

It seems to me we Americans get ourselves caught up in cheering ‘candidates’ on as if it were a competition or a campaign for political office – which is precisely why I would never want an American as pope in the first place. I’d hate to see the Roman Catholic Church become any more Americanized than it has.

Imagine using a Wisconsin cheese-head-hat for the Papal Coronation, with the Pope wearing ‘We’re #1′ foam fingers for the Apostolic Blessing, while the crowds chant, “USA! USA! USA! USA!” – Only to show up on Colbert or Letterman the next time he makes a home visit to the United States.

So obsessed are we with “candidates” and reality type voyeuristic “entertainment” that as I type this right now EWTN’s coverage has said the phrase “American Pope” four times and the word “predict/predictions” nine times in the last 30 minutes. Funny, I don’t recall a mention of the Holy Spirit. Predictions. Predictions. Predictions. Even Cardinal Dolan, God love him, can’t stop predicting.

And people can’t seem to wrap their heads around what exactly a pope can and can’t do once elected. Americans, secular and confused Catholic alike, seem to think an American pope will bring sweeping “change” and finally bring the Church out of the dark ages of women oppression and some other such nonsense that is dripping out of Diane Sawyer’s mouth right now.

Everyone wants to know what the new pope will do for them, much like how we elect our political leaders here in the US. But the pope isn’t a political leader with slick campaign promises. He is a spiritual leader divinely guided by the Holy Spirit. And non-Catholics, political analysts, secularists, and liberals with agendas will never understand that. And that is why I am against an American pope. Americans don’t need to be encouraged further. We are egocentric and arrogant enough.

I have a prediction. I predict that the Holy Spirit will elect whoever It feels is best for the job … if we just shut up long enough to let The Spirit do It’s thang.

After the procession into the Sistine Chapel, which is going on right now – Watch Live – tune into Radio Vatican for their scheduled live streams while they wait for the first fumata.

Related Link: Please, Dear God, Not An American Pope.

About Katrina Fernandez

Mackerel Snapping Papist

  • tj.nelson

    I do read you every day.
    Oddly enough – I did concede today that if Cardinal Burke was chosen, I wouldn’t be disappointed… I doubt he would allow himself to become a celebrity pope.
    Although poor Cardinal Dolan seems to have fallen for the paparazzi adulation.

  • TheodoreSeeber

    I don’t want a NORTH American Pope. But then again, I think we’ve had our fill of European Popes for a while as well. An Asian Pope would be interesting, but I think too much under the pain the Communists have caused. African or Latin American though, would be excellent.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mary.cambridge.5 Mary Cambridge

      Who cares? North American, South American, Asian, African..whatever. I just want a Pope that we need, not who we want, and God forbid, who we deserve. God will abide..and the Church will continue. That is the only promise that we are given.

  • Mary Cambridge

    Cardinal Ratzinger disagreed that the Holy Spirit picks the pope. I agree with him. There are too many examples of popes that the Holy Spirit would not pick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Barba/630946350 John Barba

    Bla bla bla is exactly right. We get the Pope we get and pray he is guided by the Holy Spirit. Amen

  • http://profiles.google.com/annieelf Anne Jeffries

    So many people seem dead set against an American Pope. I guess the big question then is if it does happen, will you accept it in humility and a true sign of the guidance of the Holy Spirit? I have no opinion either way.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      I would have to accept it, yes.

  • Kevin

    Why not an American Pope? Cardinal O’Malley from Boston? Maybe a Capuchin is what we need.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-Hughes/100000562751914 Jack Hughes

    Please Kat, can you not at least say that Cardinal Burke as Pope would be a good thing? I don’t care where the next Pope is from but it would seem that Cardinal Burke is in possession of all the skills needed to do an excellent Job

  • birthday girl

    Funny thing about all the speculatin’ and predictin’ … none of those guys are it. The ones that are talked about, they are never the one … so all these folks are just jinxing their fave guys … heh

  • FuquaySteve

    Just a hair provincial, don’t you think? Cardinal Burke is a worthy candidate, no matter what. Snarkiness has its place but it should not enter these proceedings or commentary at this point.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      I was actually quite snark free this time. I’m confident that whoever is chosen will be a worthy candidate.


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