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Friday, April 08, 2005


Have you seen this site? Maybe they're just trying to sell some t-shirts, but wewantablackpope.com has a good argument:

"Pope John Paul II was the first non-Italian Pope for over 400 years. However in spite of this progressive move in 1979 the Catholic hierarchy of today remains highly Eurocentric, being dominated primarily by conservative Europeans. It is therefore not surprising that Italian, Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi is one of the strongest contenders to be voted Pope. We hope to further greater representaion of the Catholic belief by promoting the installation of a non-white, non-Eurocentric Papal represetative."

"Of the five countries with the biggest Catholic populations, only one (Italy) is European. Forty-six percent of the world's Catholics are in Latin America; there are more Catholics in the Philippines than in Italy. In 1955 there were 16 million Catholics in all of Africa; today there are 120 million."


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