James Martin
Jesuit Priest and Author of “The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything”
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The Next Pope Could Be Black

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The Catholic Church will be "a different color" in 40 years. And there will likely be female priests.

James Martin

The Rev. James Martin, S.J., is a Jesuit priest, and is the culture editor of America, the national Catholic magazine. Father Martin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business in 1982, where he received a bachelor's degree in finance. After working for six years in corporate finance and human resources with General Electric Co., he entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1988. On Nov. 1, 2009, he pronounced his final vows as a Jesuit.

Father Martin is the author of several books, the latest of which is called "The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything." His bestselling memoir "My Life with the Saints" was named one of the "Best Books of 2006" by Publishers Weekly. He also wrote "A Jesuit Off-Broadway: Center Stage with Jesus, Judas and Life's Big Questions," which was named one of Publishers Weekly's "Best Books of 2007."
Transcript
Question: What will the Catholic Church look like in 2050?

James Martin:
We’ll probably see a black pope, at some point. I would say certainly within our lifetime. We’ll probably see married priests. I’m pretty sure about that. We already have them in the Catholic Church. I think... surprising as it may be for people, I think we’ll probably see women priests. I think the church will probably change on that as well. It’s hard to say though. You know one of the great heads of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits was once asked you know, “Where is the Society of Jesus going?” And he says, "I have no idea." You know so the church is really led by the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit does what the Holy Spirit wants to do, so it could be totally different than what I expect and probably will be.

Recorded March 24th, 2010
Interviewed by Jessica Liebman


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