David Quinn: Why should new Pope modernise Church just to placate liberals?
WITH Pope Benedict gone the hope of some people is that his successor will be more 'liberal'. It is hoped he will permit married priests and women priests. It is hoped he will permit intercommunion with Protestant denominations.
It is hoped he will 'modernise' the church's attitude towards divorce, sex and contraception.
In fact the Pope, no matter who he is, will do none of these things unilaterally. He would instead act in concert with the bishops, and even then would and could only go as far as permitting say, married priests or intercommunion.