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Will the next Pope end the Gerontocracy of the Catholic Church?


IbrahaimMohamad

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Gerontocracy is literally, rule by the old ones.

Modern Medicine and nutrition has extended the life span of Cardinals to a much greater extent, than it has managed to extend the agility of their minds. In fact if anything it is now more likely that an aged Cardinal would have significantly diminished mental capacity, given their increased average age.

The Christian Faith has had an extraordinary impact on Civilisation and the formation of modern Society. Yet a cohort of yet older and older men are in control of the moral teaching and values that that Church teaches, and which is still such a big influence on modern Society despite the inclination towards Secularism.

I don't suggest that old men should not be Cardinals, but that it might be desirable if they became Cardinals much earlier in their lives. This might to some extent go some way to balancing the rising age profile of the body of Cardinals.

There must be men in their thirties or even forties who are capable of becoming Cardinals! There are probably even women who could do the job.

Are younger candidates not capable of being guided by divine inspiration?
 


ruserious

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Gerontocracy is literally, rule by the old ones.

Modern Medicine and nutrition has extended the life span of Cardinals to a much greater extent, than it has managed to extend the agility of their minds. In fact if anything it is now more likely that an aged Cardinal would have significantly diminished mental capacity, given their increased average age.
Doesn't change the fact they must sell-up shop at 80 and are not allowed be Pope.
 

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John Paul II was pope for 27 years, so he was not old when he became pope.
 

ruserious

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Most people are considering retiring when these guys become Cardinals let alone Popes!
I'm not religious, but if they are choosing what they believe to be God's rep on earth, I'm sure they want to elect the right man. Experience and time in position would lead them to that avenue. Complete non-issue.
 

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I'm not religious, but if they are choosing what they believe to be God's rep on earth, I'm sure they want to elect the right man. Experience and time in position would lead them to that avenue. Complete non-issue.
Then how come the average age of national leaders has reduced considerably in the last 100 years. Think of the work load involved. Wouldn't relative youth be a huge positive when being in charge of a religion with 1 billion or so followers? Just ask Mark Zuckerberg.
 

ruserious

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Then how come the average age of national leaders has reduced considerably in the last 100 years. Think of the work load involved. Wouldn't relative youth be a huge positive when being in charge of a religion with 1 billion or so followers? Just ask Mark Zuckerberg.
Politicians are answerable to the people. These guys are not. Hense, wanting to pick the right guy.
 

satanclaus88

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It's a tough call,
but the next pope will either make or break the papacy.
Its incredible after 2000 years, that it has been so diminsihed in what 20 years.
It couldn't have happened without the tv and a certain interested parties pulling the strings behind it all.
A charismatic pope like JP2 again hopefully.
As long as he's European.Please God not an Obama-pope.
 

satanclaus88

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I'd personally love a pope who'd launch a new crusade.
Damn that would be awesome.
You do too- the blood of your ancestors is awakening in your veins :)
 

pragmaticapproach

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I'd personally love a pope who'd launch a new crusade.
Damn that would be awesome.
You do too- the blood of your ancestors is awakening in your veins :)
What has a middle easterners religion got to do with "the blood of your ancestors"?
 

satanclaus88

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227 deleted for naughtiness.
 

satanclaus88

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What has a middle easterners religion got to do with "the blood of your ancestors"?
True enough,
A pagan revival is what Europe needs.
I was trying to be moderate- thats why I thought Medieval Christianity would be a good choice.
But it's too discredited.
 

GDPR

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It's a tough call,
but the next pope will either make or break the papacy.
Its incredible after 2000 years, that it has been so diminsihed in what 20 years.
It couldn't have happened without the tv and a certain interested parties pulling the strings behind it all.
A charismatic pope like JP2 again hopefully.
As long as he's European.Please God not an Obama-pope.
The Papacy has been diminished a few times in the past.
 

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