Africa's Arinze not the only black pope candidate
Posted by a4g @ 4/06/2005 01:59:00 PM
Although Cardinal Arinze is the most frequently discussed black candidate for the next pope, he is by no means the only one. American cardinals are quietly circulating the name of 'Street Bishop', the Rev. Dr. Thelonius White. While not technically a Catholic, this is not terribly upsetting to the majority of American church leaders.
"We've got a real credibility problem in the American Church, what with the sexual abuse scandal, our limp responses to open heresy among political leaders, and our general arrogance toward Rome," says a Cardinal from a major American archdiocese. He believes White's flashy style and dynamic manner will work wonders at distracting attention from the doctrinal softness in America.
A black pastor with First AME church puts it more succinctly: "Brother Thelonius brings 'street cred'--so they want him for Church head. The man is dope, let's make him Pope. He ain't going to touch little boys--'cause he got ho's for toys."
The Rev. Dr. Thelonious White,"The Great White Hope" of the American Catholic Cardinals