Case for U.S. Pope

Written By: luke4079 - Mar• 06•13

Aside from being a charismatic evangelist who needs to be a finder of the lost flock, the next pope has to repair the extreme damage brought on by the Catholic Church sexual abuse crisis.  In essence, the next pope has to manufacture and sell a new product to the masses; the older one has many bugs.  In the US, we have lots of examples for our hometown Cardinals to follow, such as Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg. What would the new Catholic product be called?  ICatholic?  FaithBook?

To roll out this new product, a new management team and a worldwide marketing campaign must be carefully executed. This new management team must also have a substantial budget.   According to, the Vatican has the following industries as its disposal: printing; production of coins, medals, postage stamps; mosaics and staff uniforms; worldwide banking and financial activities.  Not much there to work with, but it’s a start.

Also according to the same source, the Vatican has revenues of $308 million and expenditures of $326.4 million (2011). A view from this perspective indicates that the current management team is not producing enough to cover expenditures.  To make matters worse, the current management team cost the Vatican an estimated $2 billion in settlements for Catholic Church sexual abuse crisis committed by pedophile priests.  The US cardinals have plenty of experience dealing with the Catholic Church sexual abuse crisis and pedophile priests, so that’s another vote in their favor.

There seems to be two US cardinals in top contention, Timothy Dolan from New York and Sean O’Malley from Boston. According to a CNN chart, the US customer base for the Catholic faith is the fourth largest in the world, with almost 90 million Catholics.  And Forbes lists the US as the seventh richest country on the planet, boasting a GDP of $43,860. That income will go a long way to help buttress the Vatican’s balance sheet!

Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Crisis

World Catholic Population and US GDP

Taken from another view point, Sean O’Malley is not a charismatic evangelist.  Rather, he is more of a Friar Tuck-type.  Mellow and soft spoken, he gets the job done without the glitz and glamour.  That leaves Timothy Dolan, the tenth and current Archbishop of New York.  Timothy currently serves as the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is rumored to be a charismatic media personality and Time Magazine named him among the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2012.  So Timothy raises to the top of the US list for the successor to Pope Benedict.

So from a financial, media training and someone that has touched the Church’s third rail a.k.a the Catholic Church sexual abuse crisis from pedophile priests, Timothy seems to be a good candidate  for helping to refresh the product and rebuild the company’s reputation.

WRITTEN by Michael Emerton


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