One of the most fascinating pieces of information that I learned during the last Papal Conclave was that the Church picks a Pope by first making a profile of what the Church needs, and then it chooses a Pope based on which candidate most closely matches that profile.
For instance, when the world truly needed a theologian who would write on tough issues with great insight, clarity, and depth, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was chosen for his strengths.
Ever since Pope Saint John Paul II, the “next pope” (insofar as his main duties/ persona) were predicted with great accuracy.
I am wondering if anyone has speculation on what the “Profile” of the next post may be.
NOTE: PLEASE keep this discussion kind, loving, and do not use this as an opportunity to bash our current/past Popes, or say anything like “The next Pope will have to undo the past work Pope ____.”