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David Quinn: Ageing and declining Europe can no longer be the main focus of a Church with God's work to do

Published 15/03/2013 | 17:00

Jorge Mario Bergoglio attends his first Mass with cardinals as Pope Francis in the Sistine Chapel
Jorge Mario Bergoglio attends his first Mass with cardinals as Pope Francis in the Sistine Chapel

PRIOR to his election as pope eight years ago, Benedict XVI said that the Holy Spirit does not guarantee the election of a good pope, instead he guarantees that a bad pope will not destroy the Church.

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In a similar vein Saint Vincent of Lerins in the fifth century said: 'God gives some popes, God tolerates some popes and God inflicts some popes!'

History shows this is exactly true. Incompetent people have occupied the Chair of Peter and so have some very bad men and yet somehow the Catholic Church carries on.

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