Today the Cardinals enter into their private conclave to begin praying, discussing, and choosing a new Pope for the Roman Catholic Church. The successful vote will be accompanied with white smoke and bells but “full details of the actual vote will not be published for 100 years.” ( BBC))
100 Years???? Obviously no bloggers among them!
The question that runs through my head, is this: Do they really need to have a new Pope? We don’t have a Pope right now and no one is running scared. What would happen if they switched to a more emergent leadership structure?
I know . . . too late, the wheels of church tradition are in motion and no one will stop that train . .. but when Jesus handed out the bread during the last supper, no one got a larger piece, not even Peter, and the idea seemed to be that Jesus was the head of his Body, His church, and leadership was dispersed in a way that allowed leadership to be exercised when it was called for and by the right people.
If the Vatican went emergent, the Cardinals would be ordering the big white hats to match their new empowerment and the PopeMobile would become a fleet of PopeSmartCars. It would kill the Vatican postcard industry, but the flow of power out to the Cardinals, Priests, Nuns, Monks and other leaders might be a solution to deal with our complex world. Sacreligious, perhaps. But worth a thought.