Valley Catholics Talk Conclave

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

HARRISONBURG -- When the conclave begins on Tuesday, Catholics from all around the world will be watching.

Many of the faithful in The Valley are already talking about what could happen.

No one is sure who will be selected to be the new head of the Roman Catholic Church.

There maybe stats and possibilities, but the only ones who decide that,are the Cardinals.

Patty Huffman is a long time parishioner in the Roman Catholic Church and a retired religious education director.

The Conclave to select a new pope starts Tuesday.

She hopes whoever is chosen will be open to new ideas.

"They should relax the rule celibacy. Requiring young men to make that commitment.That life time commitment to never be married," said Huffman

Huffman would also like to see something that's never been done before.Something that is allowed by Catholic law.

"A woman can actually be named cardinal, and I am thinking. WOW! They couldn't be priests, they couldn't be bishops but they can be cardinals," said Huffman.

There are many rumors going around on who will be the next pope.

"Human beings make speculation They try to think who is the most popular person. Who is known. who is probably the most out spoken, or what continent," said Pastor Silvio Kaberia of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

Catholics believe that the length of time for the Conclave will be decided by the will of god.

"An average conclave can last from a few hours, to days, to weeks,to months, to years," explained Kaberia.

The college of cardinals will enter the conclave and will be secured from the outside world until they are finished.For Huffman,she wants to see a change in the style of pope.

"I would hope be more of a man of the heart than the head. I hope the next pope is that kind of person, that doesn't mind the crowds and doesn't mind the.....you know..addressing the needs of people in the world," said Huffman.

Once Conclave begins Tuesday the only access they have to the outside world is a chimney that produces black or white smoke. Black means the Conclave continues; white, means they have selected Pope Benedict's successor.

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