Could Cardinal Kodwo Appiah Turkson Become the First Black Pope in 1500 Years?

could Cardinal Kodwo Appiah Turkson become first black pope

Could Cardinal Kodwo Appiah Turkson Become the First Black Pope in 1500 Years?

Could Cardinal Kodwo Appiah Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Coast, replace Pope Benedict XVI, who shocked the world by announcing his resignation, effective February 28? Cardinal Kodwo Appiah Turkson would become the first black Pope in 1500 years. Click here to read his biography.

Pope Benedict reportedly decided to step aside due to his declining health. He is the first pope to resign since 1415.  That’s the report they are putting out, but his tenure has been marred by a myriad of molestation lawsuits against priests all over the place.

Here is Pope Benedict XVI’s declaration of resignation:

Full text of Pope’s declaration

Dear Brothers,

I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.

Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.

From the Vatican, 10 February 2013


Here are some links about Pope Benedict XVI shocking announcement:


White House Waves White Flag on Contraception Rule, To Announce “Accommodation”

White House Waves White Flag on Contraception Rule, To Announce "Accommodation"

The White House waves white flag on contraception mandate, but what I find striking is that this mandate is nothing new. Most of Obama’s controversial birth control mandate was law under former president George W. Bush and Republicans, like John Boehner, didn’t say peep.

ABC News:  “With the White House under fire for its new rule requiring employers including religious organizations to offer health insurance that fully covers birth control coverage, ABC News has learned that later today the White House — possibly President Obama himself — will likely announce an attempt to accommodate these religious groups.

The move, based on state models, will almost certainly not satisfy bishops and other religious leaders since it will preserve the goal of women employees having their birth control fully covered by health insurance.

Sources say it will be respectful of religious beliefs but will not back off from that goal, which many religious leaders oppose since birth control is in violation of their religious beliefs.”

Never mind the fact that most Catholics agree with some parts of the contraceptive law.

Public Policy Polling:  “56% of voters generally support the birth control benefit, while 37% are opposed. Independents strongly favor it, 55/36, and a lot more Republicans (36%) support it than Democrats (20%) oppose it. Women are for it by a 63/29 margin.

-Only 39% of voters support an exemption for Catholic hospitals and universities from providing the benefit, while 57% are opposed to one.”

UPDATE#1:  President Obama is expected to announce religious employers will not be mandated to offer free contraceptive coverage for workers, according to Politico. That’s just like Obamacare and all the waivers that the Obama Administration gave as they waved the white flag then. Obama will demand that the insurance companies rather than religious employers take the lead in enrolling employees for birth control benefits and covering the costs. Another white flag.

Roman Catholic Church Issues Prayer for Faithful Married Couples To Say Before Sex

If you are a Roman Catholic couple, you are being encouraged to pray together before you have sex. A book, entitled “Prayer Before Making Love,” was published by London-based Catholic Truth Society. According to the UK Daily Mail, the book is aimed at “purifying their intentions” so that the act is not about selfishness or hedonism. The prayer appears in the Prayer Book of Spouses and implores God to ‘to place within us love that truly gives, tenderness that truly unites, self-offering that tells the truth and does not deceive, forgiveness that truly receives, loving physical union that welcomes.’

It adds: ‘Open our hearts to you, to each other and to the goodness of your will. ‘Cover our poverty in the richness of your mercy and forgiveness. Clothe us in true dignity and take to yourself our shared aspirations, for your glory, forever and ever.’

Well, I am sure that offering a prayer while one is in the throes of passion will certainly ignite more fireworks in the bedroom. Of course, I am being sarcastic.

President Barack Obama Snubs National Day of Prayer Ceremonies, Will Only Sign Proclamation Honoring Day

It seems that President Obama is distancing himself from the National Day of Prayer by nixing a formal early morning service and by not attending a large Catholic prayer breakfast the next morning. It seems that all he will do for tomorrow’s National Day of Prayer is sign a proclamation honoring the day, which originated in 1952 when Congress set aside the first Thursday in May for the observance. Wow, that’s a major snub and calls into question the depth of his religious faith. He does not attend church on a regular basis, so how can he claim his faith is deep? Who does he get his religious education from? Rahm Emanuel?

President George W. Bush during his two terms in office invited selected Christian and Jewish leaders to the White House East Room, where he typically would give a short speech and several leaders offered prayers. It seems ironic that the White House hosted an April 9 Passover Seder for family and friends – the first time a president has hosted that Jewish religious meal.

President Obama’s obvious snub of the National Day of Prayer may ruffle some feathers. Press secretary Robert Gibbs said that the president is simply reverting back to pre-Bush administration practice. Yeah, anything to distance himself from the Bush Administration, except the military tribunal mess and Guantanamo. Isn’t this another incident that casts doubt on the veracity of President Obama’s claims about his deep Christian faith?

Cardinal Newman Society Collects Nearly 65,000 Signatures Protesting President Barack Obama’s Upcoming Notre Dame Commencement Address

Another day, another dust-up involving President Obama. According to media reports, nearly 65,000 people have signed an online petition protesting his scheduled May 17 commencement address at the University of Notre Dame. Why? They are saying that his views on abortion and stem cell research “directly contradict” Roman Catholic teachings. The Cardinal Newman Society spearheaded the drive to collect signatures. The advocacy group’s petition states that to “bestow such an honor on President Obama given his clear support for policies and laws that directly contradict fundamental Catholic teachings on life and marriage.”

The petition, which had garnered 64,051 signatures as of midday Tuesday, asserts that thousands of other “accomplished leaders” in business, law or education would have been more appropriate selections. Right. I am sure their images are all impeccable and without any flaws.

George Weigel, a Catholic theologian and distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, said the invitation is not a “neutral act” and will significantly damage Notre Dame’s reputation in Catholic circles following Obama’s decision to reverse restrictions on embryonic stem cell research and for family planning groups that provide abortions.

“I think Notre Dame should not have issued the invitation,” Weigel told “This is a colossal mess. This is their mess to fix right now, but they should know that they have forfeited an enormous amount of credibility as an institution that takes moral reasoning seriously.”

Weigel said he was not surprised by the outpouring of criticism following the university’s announcement on Friday that Obama would become sixth U.S. president to speak at its commencement. Obama will also become the ninth U.S. president to receive an honorary degree from the university. Source: Faux News

Well, let’s see if Notre Dame University will rescind its invitation or stand its ground. I would love to see the Roman Catholic Church throw the same weight around where other social issues are concerned and will vehemently take a stand. It seems that they didn’t have a big issue when President George W. Bush gave the commencement address in 2001. Funny, didn’t he go to war in Iraq on a bare-faced lie?

Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput Says Some Catholics Treating President Obama with "Spirit of Adulation Bordering on Servility"

I find it amazing that the Roman Catholic Church suddenly has criticized President Barack Obama on so many levels, while they said very little about President George W. Bush during his eight-year tenure. The latest “godly” person who has taken offense to President Obama’s popularity is Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput. He told a Canadian audience earlier this week that some Catholics are treating President Obama “spirit of adulation bordering on servility.”
“In democracies, we elect public servants, not messiahs,” he said. Wow. This is amazing coming from the same group that reappointed a Nazi denier back into their fold.

Chaput also warned that an overly deferential attitude toward Obama makes the political situation “very hard for Catholics in the United States.” Guess why he was in Canada? To promote his book “Render Unto Caesar,” which discusses how Catholics should bring their faith into public life. It speaks volumes that 54 percent of Catholics voted for Obama, who is pro-choice, which has irked many in the upper echelons of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Archibishop should listen to his own words and acknowledge that President Obama, like Presidents John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton were charismatic leaders. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. “President Obama is a man of intelligence and some remarkable gifts. He has a great ability to inspire, as we saw from his very popular visit to Canada just this past week. But whatever his strengths, there’s no way to reinvent his record on abortion and related issues with rosy marketing about unity, hope and change,” the Catholic News Agency quoted Chaput as saying.

“Americans, including many Catholics, elected a gifted man to fix an economic crisis. That’s the mandate. They gave nobody a mandate to retool American culture on the issues of marriage and the family, sexuality, bioethics, religion in public life and abortion,” he said. So, I am guessing that the Catholic Church has stood for all those things and have pushed programs in their own churches to strengthen the very things the Archbishop is complaining about. Wasn’t this the same group of people, who rather than calling the authorities on those priests molesting innocent children, they moved them around from parish to parish? Archbishop Chaput, don’t hate the messenger because he is popular, focus on cleaning up the ills dogging the Roman Catholic Church. As the Bible says, pick the speck out of your own eye before you pick it out of another’s.