- Jun 21, 2021
Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Wilfrid F. Napier, 80, for reasons of age and appointed Bishop Siegfried Mandla Jwara to succeed him as archbishop of Durban, South Africa.
A major conference titled “African Christian Theology: Memories and Mission for the 21st Century” is taking place in Rome this week, and among other things, its sprawling discussions may challenge Catholics elsewhere to rethink the usual binary categories of left v. right.
Because of demographics, the way that major global issues play out there, and the emergence of a new generation of Catholic leaders, Africa is destined to be where the Catholic future is forged in the early 21st century, meaning that an ‘African moment’ is upon the Church.
Perhaps no single thing any pope ever does is more consequential than the kinds of bishops and Vatican officials he chooses to appoint, and here’s a rundown of some of the personnel choices Francis may face in 2017.
African Cardinals Wilfrid Fox Napier and Robert Sarah have given the US a tongue-whipping lately on a variety of fronts, including abortion and same-sex marriage, and assuming demography is destiny, they probably embody the voice of the Christian future.
In a series of tweets, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban cited estimates that there have been more than 57 million abortions in the U.S. since the Supreme Court legalized it in 1973 and that black women make up 31 percent of the cases, suggesting those numbers approach a “genocide.”