The pope's successor

Posted Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
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Having been baptized Roman Catholic as an infant, I am pleased that Pope Benedict XVI was wise enough to resign as pope and as bishop of Rome, effective Feb. 28, due to being infirm and weak. I also suspect that there are other shoes to drop, being an array of behind-the-scenes scandals that involved corruption and cover-ups.

I hope that Benedict's successor will have some firsthand experience in the ways of the English-speaking world. The successor need not be an American, but a Canadian or an Englishman would be nice. While new popes are usually selected from among the College of Cardinals, as I understand Catholic canon law, any baptized, single Roman Catholic male can be elected pope at a papal conclave. To that, I can only say: "I'm available."

-- James A. Marples, Longview

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