Niagara Gazette —
As for who that person might be, it’s interesting to note that Benedict, considered a staunch conservative rather than a reformer on social issues, has appointed 68 of the 118 cardinals who will be electing the new pontiff.
That makes it doubtful that the next pontiff will approve of fighting the AIDS epidemic in Africa by the use of condoms, or encourage a dialogue about homosexuality or the role of women in the church.
But the idea that Benedict’s successor could be from Canada or Latin America or possibly even be the first black pope is beyond exciting. Meanwhile, we wish the current pontiff a long and fulfilling life in retirement.
-- The Daily Star, Oneonta