Skip to comments.Ghana’s Cardinal Turkson gets closer to becoming first black pope
Posted on 10/25/2009 8:23:17 AM PDT by mlizzy
Ghanas first Catholic Cardinal, Peter Appiah Turkson is closer to becoming the first black pope ever of the Catholic Church.
Saturday October 24, 2009, Pope Benedict appointed Cardinal Turkson to head the Vaticans justice and peace office. This position is a high-profile one that cements his reputation as a possible future candidate for the papal office, according to the Associated Press.
The justice and peace office is responsible for promoting the churchs social teachings on justice issues, such as war, the death penalty and human rights. Turkson told reporters three weeks ago there was no reason there couldnt be a black pope, particularly after Barack Obama was elected U.S. president.
Turksons appointment to his new post was announced at the end of a three-week Vatican meeting on the role of the Catholic Church in Africa, which Turkson had headed. Born in 1948, Cardinal Peter Appiah Turkson became the first Ghanaian to be appointed to the position on October 21, 2003.
He has been the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference in Ghana since 1992. He is also the Chancellor of the Catholic University College of Ghana and the Archbishop of Cape Coast in Ghanas Central Region. He was ordained priest on July 20, 1975; appointed Archbishop on November 21, 1992 and consecrated on March 27, 1993.
Wait am I in the twilight zone, don’t we have a pope?
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Yes, I don’t like the way this article reads. It seems the cardinal shouldn’t have commented in the way the article reveals, because you’re right, we have a pope! And, of course, there has never been any reason why a pope couldn’t be black; it has nothing to do with our anti-life bi-racial president.
There have been three popes from Africa already:
And I'm sure there would have been many more if not for the Mohammedan conquest of North Africa. Now there is no guarantee of the race of these three, but, I would submit that European Medieval artwork would give no indication of their appearance.
In theory God controls the cardinals when they choose the pope so that the cardinals choose the pope that is Gods choice. If that is true then:
*Why doesnt it take only one vote thats unaminous?
*If some cardinals vote for someone other that the elected pope does that mean they are defying Gods will?
*If enough cardinals defy God then could they elect a pope that God hasnt have chosen?
There have been three popes from Africa already:
* Pope St. Victor I
* Pope St. Militiades
* Pope St. Gelasius
Being from North Africa is not the same as being black.
...and why would God need the US to pave the way for Him to consider a half-black pope?
In 1909, Pius X (1835-1914) fell into a semi-trance with his head sunk on his chest, and after a few minutes he came to and opened his eyes with a look of horror on his face. He reputedly cried out: What I have seen was terrible
Will it be myself? Will it be my successor? What is certain is that the Pope will quit Rome, and in fleeing from the Vatican he will have to walk over the dead bodies of his priests. Do not tell anyone while I am alive (cf. Stephen Skinner, Millennium Prophecies, Carlton, p. 75).
“Pope Benedict appointed Cardinal Turkson to head the Vaticans justice and peace office.”
“Justice and peace” are too often code words for “disbelief” and “my kingdom is of this world”.
I hope in this instance the cardinal is also a Christian...
It seems Kumasi is built like Rome on seven hills.
In persecutione extrema S.R.E. sedebit Petrus Romanus, qui pascet oves in multis tribulationibus: quibus transactis civitas septicollis diruetur, & Judex tremêdus judicabit populum suum. Finis.
(In extreme persecution, the seat of the Holy Roman Church will be occupied by Peter the Roman, who will feed the sheep through many tribulations, at the term of which the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the formidable Judge will judge his people. The End.)
Gelasius, by tradition, was what we would refer to as “black”.
He’s replacing Cdl Martino, a real left-wing loon who had never met an NGO or a statist program that he didn’t love. However, I think a lot of Africans are a little shaky on this doctrine stuff, including some who have made it fairly far up in the Church. I think there was a bit too much haste to get Africans into the heirarchy and in some cases they are not very orthodox (their doctrine is all over the place, and they support condoms, polygamy, witch doctors, etc.).
(1) Abortion (being pushed by the UN and by many international development donors). Turkson's position is "No."
(2) Condomization (as a way to combat AIDS: Turkson backs the much more medically and morally sound course of abstinence before marriage, fidelity in marriage, which yields zero AIDS transmission)
(Not ruled upon yet, is the question whether a married couple could be permitted to use a condom if the husband ---but not the wife --- is HIV-positive. It might also be OK to use a condom if the married couple is past the age of childbearing, or where they are having intercourse only when the wife is in her naturally infertile time, that is, when they're practicing NFP. In such cases, the condom would have no contraceptive effect, just a disease-transmission-preventing effect.)
(3)Islamization/Shari'a. Turkson's strong position is "No."
Sounds like he has some good Justice creds. As defined by Catholic Christianity, not as defined by those who wrote the Politically Correct Dictionary.
An analogy would be hysterectomy for the purpose of sterilization (morally wrong) vs hysterectomy for the purpose of eliminating uterine cancer (not morally wrong.) Purpose counts.
As for the off-the-cuff remark about Obama, it's jarring all right -- wince-making---- but it does not necessarily indicate a political, still less a doctrinal stance.
As for reading the Qur'an? I think everybody should. It does lead to more understanding. It lacks a thematic, moral or narrative arc, as far as I can see: it's inconsistent to the point of incoherence. That helps me understand a lot. Not in a good way.
Keep an eye on Turkson, but don't leap to far-reaching judgments. (Though of course the Leap to Judgment is a major olympic sports preference for all us'n's at Free Republic!) 8o/
I can see it from your point of view. I myself think a condom at least "connotes" a refusal of complete sexual union. Oddly, I remember reading about a highly political ("gender radical") lesbian who "occasionally" slept with men but insisted on a condom because she felt it somehow signified her "separatism." Hmm, I thought.
Any human being is capable of saying stupid things as well as making mistakes, and this includes highly-placed Cardinals and the Pope himself. We should pray for them. Hard.
Jumping the gun a bit.
I think it’s tacky that this cardinal would even answer questions about being the pope when Benedict is currently the Holy See. The fact he brings up Obama makes it all the more inappropriate/troublesome. I see a bit of a “show boat,” and that’s not what I look for in a great pope.
God bless our gutsy Pope.
This might be a smart move. Pope want to keep on eye on Cardinal Turkson by giving him office in Vatican. Such tactic might open a door for some more committed bishop to run this African country.
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