A (new) pope is good for what?
Roy Speckhardt, Executive Director, American Humanist Association (AHA), last month had an article published in The Huffington Post. It was “A New Pope Is Good for Humanists.”
Speckhardt argues, “For humanists, the selection of the next pope is a win-win situation. Either a more humanistic modernizing force that respects science and opposes discrimination will be elected to help bring the church into the 21st century, or a conservative traditionalist will be chosen to continue the backward prejudices and repressive tendencies that contribute so significantly to the flight from faith that is destroying organized religion. So either Catholicism is about to become more humanistic, or there’s about to be lots more former Catholics coming to humanism.”
Personally, I think the next pope will likely be another arch-conservative, continuing to promote misogyny and homophobia, and hiding those clergy who rape children. (And “Religion is necessary for morality,” we Humanists are frequently told!)
Frankly, I hope the next pope will be as conservative and fundamentalist as the last. This will drive even more adherents of Roman Catholicism out of their church.