(in the Max Hayward & Manya Harari translation of Pasternak’s novel, 1958)
No chance, they say, but Peter Turkson, the black cardinal of Ghana, would be the first hope of the Catholics since Pope John the Twenty-third (or as I prefer, Angelo Roncalli), who lived long enough to bring Vatican II into being and the greatest advance in the Church ever, so much so that recidivist catolicas have since followed popes who came after to lead the fight against the Jesus of the poor. The rich want to be in command again. Their coffers must be filled again in the temple of the moneychangers. Give us an African pope! Perhaps the element of joy, of brotherhood, would return to the Vatican. It is said there is no chance. Yet the wish expressed in prayer remains. Who will hear?
(13 March 2013)
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