I have been thinking about this for a few days and Michele Arnold’s interesting response to a recent post in “Ask an Apologist” was enough to get me to start this thread.
Although I am a Traditionalist in things Roman Catholic, it’s usually good to think outside the box and consider hypotheticals. :yup:
- Let’s not think about women becoming Pope or a Cardinal or needing to be ordained to participate in the Papal selection process.
- Instead let’s think about just changing the the process to admit women.
- Think about admitting women to the process early on in the preparatory discussions that go on among the electors when they are meeting each other and developing their choices.
- Then think about Mary’s role in heaven as Queen Mother and her relationship to the Trinity and especially to her Son. Fr. Corapi would have us believe, and he has convinced me, that she is VERY influential. God apparently values feminine input highly and rightly so: we are co-heirs as the Bible says.
- The idea that “those admitted to the Conclave are considered to be the “pool” of candidates from whom the pope will be selected.” would be obsolete.
All that being said,
a) How would the women be chosen?
b) How many women should be included? Enough to reflect that they are 51% of the world population. Dangerous thought; they’re usually 60+% of the church attendees where I go.
Maybe having a few multi-tasking women present, they could get the bells ringing at the same time the white smoke is generated!