Students at Seattle U. weigh in on pope selection


by KING 5 News

Posted on March 12, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 12 at 7:49 AM

The Cardinals vote for the first time on the next pope in Vatican City Tuesday. There is a lot of speculation about who will be selected.

The Catholic Church faces a time of uncertainty and controversy, and there's no leading candidate for the next pope.

"Maybe it's me growing up or maybe it's the times, but there is a definite lack of accountability in the church," Seattle University student Patrick Clifford said.

When asked who he wanted to see become pope, Clifford answered, "I think someone who is definitely comitted to restoring that image of goodwill, and caring and charity for everyone else."

Local college students from Seattle University think no matter who is named pope, change needs to happen.

"Everything is changing," Dylan Cabral said. "I don't see a problem with a younger, different ethnicity-based pope."

"I think it would be interesting to see someone who is more involved with youth," Sara Coluccio said.

Ultimately, the students KING 5 spoke to trust the cardinals to make a choice that will help the church to move forward.

"I think that they know what they are doing," Alyssa Campagna said. "They will pick a good leader, and someone who will definitely forward us in our progress as Catholics."

For now, everyone has to wait for a vote. After voting, white smoke from a chapel means a new pope has been chosen, black smoke means the voting continues.