A black president? How about a black pope

I don’t really get the connection, but…

Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta told the Italian daily La Stampa that the election of Barack Obama may somehow set the stage for a black pope.

12-gregory.jpgGregory says that Obama’s victory was “a great step forward for humanity and a sign that in the United States the problem of racial discrimination has been overcome.”

He also said that the election of a black pope could “send a splendid signal to the world” about the Catholic Church.

This may all be true, but I don’t see how you get from point A to point B.

Gregory, as you may know, is black. And he has Chicago roots, just like what’s his name.

He is also regarded as a contender to become archbishop of New York (Gregory, not Obama).

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.