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As of today, the Chair of St. Peter is vacant. Pope Benedict XVI, pleading his health would not serve the Church Militant, stepped down, close on the heels of Gregory XII in 1415 to end the Western Schism. Incidentally, that was the same year of the Battle of Agincourt when the French got their asses kicked by the English, something that should occur twice every century.

Christ promised St. Peter that "neither the gates of Hell shall prevail against thee." We must pray the cardinals will give us a pontiff up to the challenge. My money is on an African bishop. Not because it's politically-correct or progressive. The African Church is where the Faith is exploding. Maybe Africa can teach US something. If you haven't read "Religion and the Rise of Western Culture" by Christopher Dawson or "How the Irish Saved Civilization" by Thomas Cahill, I strongly recommend both. Essentially, we're witnessing the reverse of missionary activity. The African continent was a hotbed of missionary activity for centuries. Now Africa is sending priests to US.

In my own corner of the world, I can name at least five priests who have come from Africa, mostly Ghana. One of them is a Trinitarian, an order founded with the goal of freeing Christians enslaved by the Moslems.

Yessir, we live in interesting times.