AHA News |  

What Would An American Pope Mean?

By David Niose

Boston media is abuzz with speculation that the city’s own Cardinal Sean O’Malley might be a contender for the papacy. Although opinions vary on his chances - he's been called the frontrunner by some, a long shot by others - the possibility of an American pope raises many issues, even for non-Catholics.

The papal selection story would normally be of little importance for humanists and other nonbelievers, but obviously an American pope could have an impact far beyond Catholic life and religious doctrine. Questions and issues would be numerous. Would an American in the Vatican ignite a religious revival of sorts in the United States (which is already one of the most religious developed countries), and how would that affect public policy? How would Protestants, and specifically the Religious Right, react to an American pontiff? Since church leaders are always vocal in condemning secularism, would this new pope be a resource for the anti-secular forces in his homeland?

David NioseTo read the rest of this Psychology Today article by AHA President Emeritus David Niose click here.

American Humanist Association

We're happy to welcome a new chapter, Washington DC, Atheists, Humanists and Agn...

8 hours ago

American Humanist Association

Check out some photos from yesterday's congressional briefing on humanist celebr...

10 hours ago

American Humanist Association

Our first congressional briefing was a success! The room was completely packed w...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

Wonder Works Day Camp in Moscow, Idaho has begun! The first day was a huge succe...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

The briefing on military chaplaincy has begun.

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

Today, the American Humanist Association will be hosting our first Congressional...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

Here is a video from Harvard's Making Caring Common Project. 5 Ways to Raise M...

2 days ago

American Humanist Association

Why the Way We Live is More Important. Get TheHumanist.com by email once a week...

2 days ago

American Humanist Association

Hey, have a laugh! http://hmn.st/1sFRZ33 Get TheHumanist.com by email once a we...

2 days ago

American Humanist Association

No matter how right or how wrong, religion can not establish morality for the ma...

2 days ago

American Humanist Association

I have come across this many times. While this topic may not be important to all...

2 days ago

American Humanist Association

Jesus Cones! A new way to violate church-state separation, in Gwinnett County, G...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

Well this is rad! AHA Board Member Herb Silverman is featured in this short (10...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

It may seem silly, maybe even a blatant mockery, but if you really think about i...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela!

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

A Blessing in Disguise for Atheists? Check out AHA Legal Director David Niose's...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

This is a very interesting interactive chart explaining bible contradictions, sh...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Have you seen the new FYI Network show Married At First Sight? Tell us what you...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

The Vaccination Exception; God doesn't want me to receive vaccines... Luis Gran...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

With Corporations becoming "people", they will obviously be exploring religion.....

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

An Invocation for Everyone: What the Secular Invocation in Greece, N.Y., Means f...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

What religions make Americans feel all warm and fuzzy inside? Here is another re...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

This is unacceptable! Check out the preview of Kidnapped for Christ. Check out t...

7 days ago