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  • Cardinal George

Musings while reading the morning papers . . .

Give Cardinal George points for candor. George sat for an interview with the Tribune‘s Manya Brachear before taking off for Rome to help elect a new pope. He told Brachear what he thinks the job requires.

“You’re talking about governance here,” said George. “People say sanctity. Well, sanctity is nice, but there have been popes who have governed fairly well who have not been holy. . . . What’s important here is governance. Can the man govern the church as a pastor? He has to be a man who knows the Lord because he’s governing in his name. But it doesn’t mean he’s going to be a great saint.”

Governing in God’s name . . . as distinct from God governing through the pope, or God divinely inspiring the pope. This sounds like God playing golf and letting the CEO run the corporation.