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Could the Next Pope Come from the United States?

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When Pope Benedict XVI announced he was stepping down last week, the news sent shockwaves through the world. Not soon after his announcement did speculation come as to why he really was stepping down. After that, now many are wondering who can and will replace Pope Benedict XVI.

There are a variety of candidates as the search begins, following Pope Benedict XVI becoming the first pontiff in six centuries to step down. A formal, new title has yet to be decided for the soon-to-be former Pope. Given the unexpected news, there is a possibility that the new Pope could finally come from the United States of America.

However, some experts and historians believe that it would be too controversial for an American to take on the important and prestigious position. That belief mainly comes from the American church's less than favorably reputation in recent years, due to stunning sexual abuse allegations and scandals. Scandals shouldn't affect those who are innocent of wrongdoing, but perception can be reality for decision makers as historian Christopher Bellitto tells ABC News: "The American church . . . comes with a lot of baggage."

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  • Fef 2013/02/17 02:51:24
    No
    Fef
    +7
    The Church won't pick someone from USA because of the pedophile taint

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  • Sónia Ferreira 〰❂❣ 2013/03/14 02:32:11
    Yes
    Sónia Ferreira 〰❂❣
    That Pope Francisco I is the light that shone upon the world as Dante Alighieri said in the thirteenth century about S.Francisco "the light that shone upon the world."


    I hope God gives a Holy pontificate to Francisco I.


    Viva o Papa!

    light shone world hope god holy pontificate francisco viva papa


    God bless you Francisco I . ♥

    Greetings from Portugal
  • MsDianna 2013/03/03 01:01:29
    No
    MsDianna
    no I don't believe the next Pope will be from the United States.
  • Jerry 2013/02/26 09:02:06
    No
    Jerry
    .......... South America most likely, Hispanic, maybe.........
  • Shadow_Wolf 2013/02/22 20:55:20
    Yes
    Shadow_Wolf
    +1
    It should be George Bush, he seems to be a good candidate.
  • J.MaisOui 2013/02/22 20:16:51 (edited)
  • DizziNY 2013/02/22 17:02:05
  • Mom 2013/02/22 16:23:20
    Yes
    Mom
    +1
    Could, but probably won't. Ugly Americans are not too well loved around the world, right now; however, a pedophilia friendly pope may be much desired.
  • DizziNY Mom 2013/02/22 17:05:11 (edited)
    DizziNY
    +1
    The only ugly I see here is your UGLY comment hater.
    Your comment : "Ugly Americans are not too well loved around the world"

    hater

    Aww u blocked me from responding to you. Well guess what I am telling you straight out, you are a hater. You hate Americans. You tried to block me from responding to try to spin it but it didn't work kid.
  • Mom DizziNY 2013/02/22 20:40:53
    Mom
    +1
    So, are you implying you love pedophilia lovers?

    I was actually, just feeling like stirring up the likes of you, today! Don't you ever just like to pull someone's chain?
  • Sam 2013/02/22 04:17:17
    No
    Sam
    +1
    I'll be really honest...i highly doubt it. The Catholic Church the last few years have been entertainining...they have through alot of changes. I hope the best for them.
  • Annie~Pro American~Pro Israel 2013/02/22 03:33:22
    Yes
    Annie~Pro American~Pro Israel
    Anything is possible.
  • Dale 2013/02/22 01:49:02
    Yes
    Dale
    +1
    Could and will/would are two totally different words.
  • Miss Fiona 2013/02/21 21:43:54
    Yes
    Miss Fiona
    +1
    You asked "could" he come from the U.S.
    The answer is yes.
  • NYCbrit 2013/02/21 20:27:45
    No
    NYCbrit
    +1
    Very doubtful, imo.
  • Zee Black 2013/02/21 17:45:46
    No
    Zee Black
    +1
    We may as well nominate Mickey Mouse. It is all fairy tales anyway.
  • rchie 2013/02/21 16:04:22
    Yes
    rchie
    +1
    why not???
  • moknowsky 2013/02/21 04:32:53
    Yes
    moknowsky
    +1
    Timothy Dolan might be a good choice IMHO..
  • david abe 2013/02/21 04:20:56
    No
    david abe
    +1
    I believe the next Pope will be Gerhardt Muller.
  • Moe435 ~ PWCM 2013/02/21 03:29:01
    No
    Moe435  ~ PWCM
    +1
    Never, with all Anti-Religious attacks going on through out Europe, that is ALL the church needs... an American Pope!
  • insanecrazyladyb 2013/02/21 00:21:55
    No
    insanecrazyladyb
    +1
    the Pope has NEVER CAME from the USA,so y start NOW??
  • TuringsChild 2013/02/20 23:18:51
    Yes
    TuringsChild
    +1
    Anything is possible... but I wouldn't put money on it. lol
  • Kigan 2013/02/20 21:52:26
    No
    Kigan
    +1
    Never going to happen.
  • Alex 2013/02/20 18:45:36
    No
    Alex
    +1
    They don't let dumb people into the conclave. An American pope would be extremely bad for the Church.
  • Jimm 2013/02/20 18:38:30
    No
    Jimm
    +1
    Magic 8 Ball says...Ain't no way! LOL
  • jmc07806-PWCM-JLA 2013/02/20 18:21:05
    No
    jmc07806-PWCM-JLA
    +1
    I would like to think it is possible but I don't think I will see it in my lifetime.
  • no no 2013/02/20 15:55:33 (edited)
    No
    no no
    +1
    I can't print what I thought about his coming from the US..
  • Bob Anderson 2013/02/20 15:42:10
  • Turings... Bob And... 2013/02/20 23:20:16 (edited)
    TuringsChild
    +2
    The Church has already had THREE Black Popes. I'd say it's time for a Brown or Yellow Pope. Or Red. An Apache Pope would be COOL!
  • Butch 2013/02/20 15:36:16
  • solomon 2013/02/20 15:30:29 (edited)
  • harley oldman 2013/02/20 15:27:42
    No
    harley oldman
    +1
    NOPE.....!
  • Pamela 2013/02/20 14:53:51
    No
    Pamela
    +2
    I heard that there is a good possiblity , he may come from Africa. african pope
  • solomon Pamela 2013/02/20 15:31:22
  • Alex Pamela 2013/02/20 18:47:22
    Alex
    +3
    There have already been popes from Catholic. The next pope may be an Italian.
  • Arizona1950 2013/02/20 13:14:09
    Yes
    Arizona1950
    +1
    I don't see why not ... if pedophilia is the problem lets not forget that the current Pope said its was no big deal.
  • solomon Arizona... 2013/02/20 15:32:02
  • Hawkeye 2013/02/20 12:20:28
    No
    Hawkeye
    +1
    America is no longer viewed as the spiritual nation that it once was.. An American Pope would be viewed by the world as one being selected from either Sodom or Gomorrah..

    Not even the Obamessiah could qualify.. Besides,, HE has his OWN cult going on..
  • Alex Hawkeye 2013/02/20 18:48:08
    Alex
    +1
    Not the reason! The reason for no American pope is the U.S. is a superpower and is seen, quite rightfully, as running roughshod over much of the world.
  • M 2013/02/20 09:07:17
    No
    M
    +2
    http://www.bibleprobe.com/las...

    Peter the Roman... number 112, the last pope, sadly Malachy has been right up to this point.
  • Logical... M 2013/02/20 19:56:10
    Logical American
    +1
    They are considering an african named peter too......
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