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Is there a reason why there has not been a black or hispanic pope yet?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:35 PM on Mar. 17, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Same reason there hasn't been a black or hispanic U S President until now and that depends on who you ask.

    Prejudice past thistory -

    Answer by lfl at 9:37 PM on Mar. 17, 2010

  • I don't think so. There was a black candidate for Pope with the current pope but he was too "modern" for the Catholic Church. From what I have heard, he is next in line and a strong possibility for Pope once the current one passes away.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 9:38 PM on Mar. 17, 2010

  • Aren't hispanic people deeply catholic? I'm not sure.

    Answer by sunshine58103 at 9:39 PM on Mar. 17, 2010

  • Not that I know of.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:43 PM on Mar. 17, 2010

  • lol umm im hispanic and i work with a lot of hispanics, its funny you say that because this random guy bought me a xmas present and he doesn't really know me and he bought me a necklace with a crucifix...Im not catholic. Most people i know that are hispanic are just very religious.

    Answer by tab1023 at 9:52 PM on Mar. 17, 2010

  • ..maybe just no qualified applicants matching the job requirements....

    Answer by MELRN at 9:56 PM on Mar. 17, 2010

  • Well  there have been 3 African popes - Pope Victor I (189 to 199); Pope Miltiades (310/311 to 314); and Pope Gelasius I (492 to 496). They actual race is not known, but at least Miltiades appears to have been a native of Africa.  So I don't know if you can really say there have been no black popes.  And there have been Spanish Popes too like Pope Callixtus III and Alexander VI so there have been Hispanic popes (or popes of Spanish descent).   Wiki has a list of popes by nationality - which I assume is probably accurate.  Interestingly there hasn't been an American pope.  In the 2,000+ years of Christianity there has been only 265 popes - so there's a pretty limited opportunity to be pope.  But there's no racial requirements related to being pope.


    Answer by eringobrough at 11:12 PM on Mar. 17, 2010

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