Secondly, Pope Tagle would shift the attention from the aging world to the youthfulness of the developing world. This would be a papacy for the future; a young, crisp, focused, energetic, and challenging papacy. John Allen quotes Tagle, who sums it all up by saying, “In the Asian context, effective evangelization means a Church that’s humbler, simpler, and with a greater capacity for silence.”
Third, a youthful Pope from the Philippines who is a bright and able communicator would bring a sense of priority and passion to the papacy. Many commentators speak of the necessity to sweep clean the corruption and internal squabbles within the Vatican. A youthful, evangelizing Pope who can remain active on the global stage might sweep the place clean simply by moving forward at such a brisk pace that everyone else would have to run just to keep up with him.
At the young age of 55 and relatively inexperienced, could such a man be elected to be the Successor of Peter? If not now, maybe next time.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker is the parish priest of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, South Carolina. His latest book is Catholicism, Pure and Simple.
Visit his blog and browse his books atdwightlongenecker.com