Sunday, March 3, 2013

Cardinal Wuerl: Next pope must make faith compelling

From The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette-

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., hasn't decided whom he will vote for in the papal election, but he has a clear vision of the kind of man the church needs.

He must exude holiness and have a gift for making the Roman Catholic faith compelling to those who have rejected what they know of it, he said Saturday.

When the new pope is introduced, Cardinal Wuerl said, "He needs to step out onto that balcony and he needs to say, 'Christ is with us. We need to listen to him. He has the answers to the questions of the human heart. He shows us a better way to live than the secular world can offer.' "

Cardinal Wuerl, 72, who was bishop of Pittsburgh from 1988 to 2006, spoke at St. Peter in Chains, his titular church in Rome. Historically, the cardinals were the priests of Rome, so the pope assigns each of them a church here.

The minor basilica, which houses Michelangelo's sculpture of Moses, is an ancient one. A parish existed on the site near the Colosseum from the second century, and the foundations of the present building are from the fifth century.

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