It was Pope John XXIII who said it was time to open the doors of the Vatican wide and let in a whole new breath of life (fresh air and fresh thought).
He was suggesting big change for the Roman Catholic Church.
Unfortunately, he did not live long enough to accomplish his dream.
With the historical stepping down (the fifth of the two-millennium-old church) of the supreme pontiff Pope Benedict XVI, perhaps now is the time for a grassroots revolution to begin inside the Vatican walls and a new set of directives to be drawn up to elect a future pope.
A different route
How about Roman Catholics around the world electing their Pope themselves through a universal secret ballot, same as with elections of our government representatives?
A Pope of the people chosen by its people.
The Roman Catholic Church under a new pontiff must immediately address the biggest problems weighing down on it, namely the molestation of innocent boys at the hands of priests and high-ranking clergy.
It is time to reflect on the type of new-generation priests who will be allowed to enter the Catholic Church.
Perhaps now is the time to allow women to become priests, and married couples and same sex couples as well.
We can be certain that these actions will not win approval from established old-time Roman Catholics.
That is understandable and respected.
But then, how about John XXIII’s idea of sweeping change that needs to happen. That whole new breath of fresh air and reflections he suggested?
The church is currently using advertisements in mainstream media encouraging fallen away Catholics to return to their church.
In my view, they will return only when those responsible are rigorously honest about the past and clear about the future.
Now is perhaps the time to consider real revolutionary change.
How about the election of a woman for pope?