Oklahoma Catholics share hopes for new pope

As Roman Catholic cardinals gather for the conclave to elect a new pope, several Oklahoma Catholics share their ideas about the attributes the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church should possess.
by Carla Hinton Published: March 12, 2013
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Sister Barbara Joseph Foley, Carmelite nun, food pantry operator and retired youth ministry director, Oklahoma City: “That he be relatively young. Provide good leadership and address critical issues facing the Catholic Church. Be full of joy and have a childlike side to him and be attractive to our youth of today. Embrace the use of technology, i.e. computers, Twitter and current types of media available. We will continue to pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance in the selection process of our next Holy Father. It is a very exciting time in our history.”

The Most Rev. Edward Slattery, Tulsa bishop: “One thing I do know is God wants us to pray. He established the church with a shepherd so what I want to see in the new pope is Jesus Christ, who is the Good Shepherd who lays His life down for His flock. He is to give us an example of the Good Shepherd because he is following in Christ's footsteps. I'd like to see someone who is committed to the teaching of Vatican II and the New Evangelization. In order to communicate this to the modern world, one must find the right tools, and one way is through modern media. I'd also like to see the new pope be a man who will make the poor his priority.”

The Rev. Rick Stansberry, pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church, Nichols Hills: “For me, I would certainly like to see the person be a person of deep prayer. I also think in these modern times, they need to be a good communicator. I think it needs to be someone who really challenges the culture, rather than giving in to it. I'd also like to see someone whose done some work in the “parish trenches” — someone who has been a parish priest. That person will know what the people in the parishes are going through on a daily basis.”

Carla Hinton, Religion Editor

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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