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WITNESS: Mission Impossible for the next Pope?

Friday, March 08, 2013 - 01:44

Mar. 8 - Reuters Religion Editor Tom Heneghan reports from the Vatican on the tasks and troubles awaiting the incoming pontiff.

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In a few days time the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church we'll gather here at the Vatican. And they'll elect the new poll. It's an enormous job they need somebody who has the pastoral qualities. Of the late John Paul the second. But also the skills of an experienced manager. And that this -- of a diplomat. The problems that -- the new Pope will face are enormous. For example. He still has the sexual abuse crisis that's pointing the charge the fact that this got us caught -- Keith O'Brien. Had to pull out of attending the conclave. Because. Incidents of his past came to light just a few days ago shows that there are still skeletons in the closet that we'll come back. And keep this issue in the headlines people say they have no problem with faith. They don't know from the believing in god but they don't like organized churches. Then there's the question of women women cannot be a dame priest in the Roman Catholic Church. And -- even some of the small steps that have been introduced in the past few decades for example having girls all the service. Up being rolled back under this conservative policy that Benedict has pursued. Also the problem of the curia what to do with the bureaucracy that's probably the biggest and most pressing problem. Because. The bureaucracy has to work to help the -- And what we saw during the eight years of Benedict spoke to -- Is that very often they didn't prepare his dossier as they worked against his projects the public to go in will be looking at that. But also looking at the white. Context of the church. That -- but now it's anybody's guess.

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WITNESS: Mission Impossible for the next Pope?

Friday, March 08, 2013 - 01:44