The Next Pope Could Be Black
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."
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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