A clever way of learning how a new pope is elected (and what’s missing)

March 1, 2013

How to become a pope (Five-minute video)
Complex ideas about various topics are explained in simple ways through cartoon drawings and rapid narration by C.G.P. Grey. This time, Grey takes on the whole complicated process of choosing a pope. As I watched it, I couldn’t help but think about how far this monarchical system has strayed from the simple message of Jesus and his band of followers long ago. Roman Catholic feminist theologian Mary E. Hunt is going to be talking about this in a teleconference on Monday, March 4. Visit the website of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ritual, and Ethics (WATER) for more information, and learn more about Dr. Hunt’s feminist strategies for countering the institutional church’s hierarchical method of governance and “creating constructive new ways of being church that focus on participation, safety, and accountability.” And for additional reading on the subject, don’t miss this cartoon by David Hayward (“The Naked Pastor”) and his comments about the all-male “enclaved conclave.”

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni is an independent scholar, writer, and editor. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992).

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