The Latin American church is heamorraging converts to the protestant evangelical churches though, partially because they are more open and partially because thay don't tend to be as dogmatic on birth control.
He was head of the Holy Office wasn't he? Sometimes the Inquisition IS expected.
I'm sure you are right muhandis89, it would certainly make me feel better if one of my countrymen was made pope. I would immediately forget about my unemploymentr and debt plus the fact that we kept losing successive wars.
RiojaDOC I have it on good authority that although Pope Benedictine XV1 was indeed a Hitler Youth, he didn't inhale.
Everyone was in the Hitler Youth during that period. He had the good sense to head home when he saw the end was near for Germany. He still spent time in a POW camp, probably where he learned his english. But old habits can be hard to break. A friend of mine's mom was in the Hitler Youth and when I met her she fit the mental image I had of a nazi die hard.
Interesting, I am sure that the US immigration policy specifically bars entry (to the US) to members of the Nazi Party (Not sure what Hilter Youth counts as). I will have to re-read the immigration form when I next visit the US.
I can see it now... His Holiness's first flight to the US is forced to land in Canada under escort of some F16s! How I would chuckle!
I think we can safely assume that the he will not be:
Apologising for the conduct of the Vatican 1933-1945.
Apologising for the kiddy fiddling antic in the states.
Apologising to all the women married to HIV+ men who are not allowed to use condoms.
So the new Vicar of Rome is a Kraut. Sadly it's not the African chappie - that would have got all the frightfully smart types from Downside & Ampleforth choking on their Holy Smoke and all the rabid Euros questioning reality! I wonder if the new bloke will try and get the Vatican to join the EU and NATO?
Sadly this fellow is not going to last very long before he croaks, so we'll have to go through all this Papist 'Diana-ism' again. But I doubt it'll be as well timed as the Pole's demise in keeping Mr BLiars antics and corruption out of the headlines during an election campaign. Cheri, the Wide mouthed Frog can keep her funny tea-towel out for the next public display of sadness.
Why does everyone think that he will croak it so soon, after all he is only 78. Based upon national averages he should live to at least 85 min he does not smoke, only drinks christ's blood... so I can see him pottering on until his 90s. Godt in Himmel!