Next pope needs ‘wisdom and energy’—S. African cardinal

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South African Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier arrives 11 April 2005 at the Vatican for the General Congregation assembly of the Cardinals. Cardinals start their conclave in the frescoed Sistine Chapel on April 18 and will vote twice a day thereafter until one candidate has reached a majority of two thirds plus one. AFP

VATICAN CITY—South African cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, seen as a possible successor to Pope Benedict XVI, said the Church was in a “profound crisis” and needed a new pope to implement “spiritual renewal”.

The 71-year-old also predicted next month’s conclave of cardinals in the Sistine Chapel would last longer than the last one which took just two days, speaking in an interview with Italian daily La Stampa published on Thursday.

“We can come out of this profound crisis with a strong spiritual renewal like the one of St Francis who implemented a moral reform,” Napier said.

Napier said he would not rate candidates to succeed to Benedict based on where they came from but indicated that the “balance” in the Church had shifted to the southern hemisphere, where the majority of Catholics now live.

“The determining factor is he must have the wisdom and energy to confront the challenges that await the Church in every corner of the globe,” he said.

“Church institutions should help evangelisation, not slow it down. Too often we give an impression to the outside world of confrontations and careerism rather than serving the faithful,” he said.

“People and young people in particular are waiting for words of truth from the church…. On sexuality and ethics there is a strong need for sense. We need a dialogue of truth,” he added.

Asked about the conclave, Napier said: “I don’t think the white smoke will come so quickly this time around” — a reference to the symbolic puffs of smoke that indicate a new pope has been chosen.

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  • Kowboy5

    is this the same a$$h0L3 that says we need to kill homosexuals?! F.YU.

    • speaksoftlylove

       Yes, using his own “Peter” he will kill all the homosexuals.

      • billijo

        Now that is plain nasty.

    • billijo

      I hope that this is not ANOTHER SO CAlled christian CALLING FOR US TO MURDER ANYONE.nO WERE IN THE BIBLE DOES IT CALL FOR US TO KILL HOMOSEXUALS.

  • kilabot

    and discernment too. 
    the world agenda is to make the abnormal the new normal; 
    1) dangerous drugs; 
    2) same-sex marriage; 
    3) man-beast union; 
    4) prostitution; 
    5) pedophilia; 
    6) abortion; 

    the agenda is being pushed around the world; 
    some countries have already legalized one or more of the agenda items; 
    the push is intensifying; targeting world leaders and people of influence; 
    uk, france, netherlands, spain, sweden, southafrica, argentina and canada have fallen; 
    obama, clinton and carter have fallen; the whole usa may fall soon; 
    noykapon has fallen; so do many ph politicians and academics; ph on the verge of falling; 

    everything will be redefined; 
    freedom means free condom; 
    $sodomy becomes love; bestialisex is affection; a toilet bowl becomes a sex object; 
    a junkie is chic; a prostitute is enterprising; 
    adopting the agenda is equated to progress, prosperity and advancement; 

    the idea is to make the world one big orgy; all people thinking, behaving and acting alike; 
    one world order; the reign of the great pervert; 
    there will be no more right nor wrong; there is only normal perversion; 

    time to choose which side you are on; fence-sitting not recommended. 
    do something against perversion. help rehabilitate a pervert; 

    No to perversion! 

    • batangpaslit

      riveting blurb…keep posting

    • billijo

      The only thing that can be done against prevertion is refuse to part take of such things your self and teach your children in the ways of the lord. It is our only option. Jesus has fore told of these thing. Trying to stop them is a waste of time. Spread God’s word.

    • Baruk1

      Yeah, Sodom and Gomorrah keep coming back

  • speaksoftlylove

    Forget the election of Petros Romanus, Vatican is preparing for a Full Disclosure so profound that it will shock the world.

    Parenthetically, when PNoy went to Davos, Switrzerland his yellowvultures and the subservient media focused on PNoy fantasized and scripted achievement thereby failing to inform the filipino people the importance of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) main agenda, more particularly the WEF resolution entitled “Global Risks for 2013. The resolution focus on two issues thus:

    1. The need to be wary and prepare for the advent of genetically altered humans, (which the Church believes could not be redeemed simply because they don’t have souls) to replace mankind with serpentine qualities. Incidentally, 2103 is the year of the snake.and;

    2. The need to prepare for extraterrestrial life contact.

    What is alarming is that the two issues are linked. Many underground scientists believe that the extraterrestrial agenda is to replace humans with hybrid beings to win mankind to the dark side. Many yellowvulture bloggers here perpetually malign me and ridicule my posts as products of too much watching sci fi movies and youtube videos. Well, if you ridicule me then malign the powerful members of the World Economic Forum all over the globe for a start, for watching too much sci fi movies, Get that all you yellow dudes?

    • batangpaslit

      keep posting….very intersting info indeed

    • billijo

      ??????

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

      That tinfoil hat comfortable?

  • boybakal

    I agree….Pope job is rigorous…too many travels, too many meetings etc etc.
    There should be retirement too….and die as working Pope.

  • batangpaslit

    i trust, the Cardinal would follow through what he said that what the church needs is evangelization.
    start the cleansing within the church then the world

    if only RCC would follow the biblical teachings rather than the “traditions” that are not warranted in Scritpures, the inspired written Word of God; i believe, the church, would be true to her mandate

  • billijo

    Why would the next Pope be any different than all of the rest. Any man that would want such a position has already shown a a great lack of wisdom.

  • Hfxwst

    Everyone keeps talking about “spiritual renewal”; before that can happen: –  1st the Cardinals have to deal effectively with the sexual abuse epidemic that infects the RCC. Then they have to deal with the money laundering charges against the Vatican Bank.  Then the RCC has to adopt a policy of non political intervention in a Country’s sovereignty.  After these things are accomplished, and the RCC regains the respect of its own congregation, there can finally be a “spiritual renewal”.

    Filipino non catholics will NO LONGER tolerate catholic doctrine being imposed on the country through the legislative process in a country that brags about religious freedom.

    • boldyak

      Filipino catholics will NO LONGER tolerate non catholics belief being imposed on the country through legislative process….

      • Hfxwst

        Excellent! Now we will have a country that is truly Free and can grow without that weight. Let us always ensure that we have “Freedom of Personal Choice!

        What shall we do with the lobby group that is the CBCP – do you think they would switch their efforts to helping the poor and disadvantaged?

  • doublecross

    we pray for cardinal tagle, mabuhay!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Abdul-Rashid/100004367910013 Abdul Rashid

       Tagle is out of the question. Vatican cannot trust a corrupt cardinal.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

        BS.

        I believe there’s corruption in the CBCP, but there is absolutely no indication, none at all, that Tagle has been involved.

        Cite sources or STFU.

  • Teresita Sy

    Which means the soon to be ex-pope does not have any

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