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When the College of Cardinals vote on who will be the next leader of the Catholic church, what standards and qualifications will they be looking at?
According to an article this morning at CNN, the standards are ‘remarkably loose’ for choosing a new Pope.
In fact, any baptized man in good standing could be elected pope.
But no women (since they can’t even become priests).
So… according to the CNN story… that really opens up the range of options. Here’s are some possibilities:
House Speaker John Boehner
U2 Lead Singer Bono
Comedian Stephen Colbert
Or, how about a Canadian pope, like Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the former archbishop of Quebec?
Other top contenders: Peter Turkson, a cardinal fro Ghana.
It’s extremely rare that a pope is chosen that is not a bishop or cardinal, but it could happen.
But a reality check… it hasn’t happened since 1379.
Just for fun… here are some other catholics that might make interesting popes:
Steve (that’s what she said) Carell
Dom DeLuise (oh stink… he’s dead, but would have made one heck of a pope)
Harry Connick, Jr.
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