” Yesterday morning a Lutheran friend sent me an email joking that he was “off Team Turkson” on account of Turkson campaigning for the job of pope. That would be Ghana’s Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson. Now, I realize just how unseemly it is for a churchman to campaign for any job but this may be an unfair reading of an interview Turkson gave in the Telegraph.
Some media outlet called The Week pretty much just recycled someone else’s work into their story headlined “Peter Turkson not shy about his wish to become first black Pope.”
CARDINAL Peter Turkson, the Ghanaian prelate who is hotly-tipped to become the next Pope, has given a candid interview about the “life-changing” responsibility of leading the Catholic Church.
I know of at least three African popes and I don’t believe I’ve heard anything about their skin color. I have heard that Victor I — the first African pope — was the first black pope but I don’t think that’s been proven. Apparently skin color is a more modern obsession. As for Miltiades and Gelasius I — and any other African popes — no reports on their skin color.”
- An African pope? ‘Let God’s will be done’ – Ghanaian cardinal (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Who is Cardinal Peter Turkson? Five Things You Should Know (purplegloves.wordpress.com)
- Let us pray for a black pope – he’d be manna from heaven (blogs.telegraph.co.uk)
- Two Africans Among Candidates for Next Pope (voanews.com)
- Two African Cardinals in the Running to Be Pope (abcnews.go.com)
- 2 Cardinals Named Peter in Running for Pope – End of Roman Empire & the Coming of Judgement (bonjublog.com)
- Election of New Pope, Not Political, Says Ghana Cardinal (voanews.com)