Topic: Woodstock Theological Center
The election of Francis is being interpreted as a victory for reform-minded cardinals, and may herald sweeping changes for the scandal-beset Catholic Church.
The US cardinals' experience dealing with the sex abuse crisis is seen alternately as a strength and a weakness. But other factors make any American a dark horse candidate to be the next pope.
Until recently, American candidates faced unease about US hegemony. With the end of the cold war and decline in American power, a couple of US cardinals are getting serious attention.
Several conservative bishops counter that candidates’ stands on abortion should be the litmus test.
10/29/2008 01:00 am
But questions remain about next steps in the sexual-abuse crisis and outreach to young Catholics.
04/21/2008 01:00 am
Preaching universal values at the UN, Benedict will urge followers to strengthen their Catholic identity.
04/15/2008 01:00 am