New pope should come from the Americas: It's overdue
The Kansas City Star
The new pope should come from Latin America.
That’s where 40 percent of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics live. The size in this part of the world is an outgrowth of European country’s colonialization of South America, Central America and North America.
It is simply time for this part of the world to lead the Catholic Church. Here is where the numbers, the youth and the strength are. It’s where the future will be.
The change would not be unprecedented.
Pope John Paul II, as a Polish-born pontiff, ended 455 years of Italian papacies. Benedict XVI, who recently announced his resignation citing health reasons, was the first German since the 11th century.
The new pope must be younger, energetic and able to meet the needs of the people who most represent today’s Catholics. The strength and beauty of diversity is a blessing.
The church just has to realize that fact and do the right thing.