Jorge from my FB friends.
"Many folks are now taking a very close look at the prophecies of St. Malachy. Could this next Pope be the last before Judgment Day? I'm more in the "thief in the night" crowd, but the prophecies from Malacy are a bit haunting" -- Terry McG from CoS.
"He’s an old man who’s going to die soon, and he cares enough about his job to leave it when he knows he can no longer do it. There are legitimate criticisms of the about-to-be-vacated papacy." -- Nancy Nall.
I don't think there's much to worry about. I don't think this marks the end of the Catholic Church as it is today. But even if it is, I don't think it will be a big bang catostrophic destruction. I'd like to believe it's going to be the point people look back on and say, this is when the Roman Catholic Church was dragged, kicking and screaming, into the 20th Century!
One of things I was slow to realize when I converted to Catholicism is that there ar a lot of people out there that will assume because you are affiliated with a religion, you are 100% dogmatic to all their wacky archaic beliefs. Many of these people view themselves as open-minded and liberal, yet they also simultaneously bash all things associated with church and religion.
Have the RCC done things to deserve such bashing? At times, sure. The child-abuse and cover ups.
Will the church change its stance on things like:
- Same Sex Marriage?
- Contraception perhaps.
- Role of women and celibate priests?
The contraceptive thing is interesting because while the stance has always been "they're bad, don't use them" when I was going through RCIA and attending church regularly, they really weren't brought up. It was pretty much don't ask, don't tell. These days it seems like the Church is on a mission to eliminate them from the stratosphere.
Say what you will about priests and nuns, they aren't generally dumb people. Quite the opposite in fact. And while they may put on an air of naivety, they are usually anything but. So they have to know that the Catholic Couples who are volunteering their time and energy to help out with church related functions, biding their time until they can get that special date for their wedding, are boofing each other like rabbits when they are back home.