“Even a parish priest could be the one who would become the Pope, but it’s usually from among the College Cardinals themselves.”
He added more insight into what might be the thoughts of a new Holy Father as it relates to people’s changing ideals.
“The College of Cardinals doesn’t listen to the youth of America with what they want,” Cox said. “We feel first and foremost, it’s the guidance of the Holy Spirit to be who we are. Look even to our closest relatives to see what problems that could create. The Holy Father does try to look at all aspects of things, but the bottom line is, if they think something is a sin, they’re not going to change their mind on that.”
Cox noted there has never been an American Pope, which suggests the country’s highest ranking Catholic, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, will not be the man chosen for the position.
Still, in spite of the leadership shake-up, Cox says that locally, interest in converting to Catholicism is soaring and the faith remains strong with local youths.
“Our parish is young and viable and growing,” he said. “Our kids are very active and involved. I don’t see it weakening at all. I’ve been here eight years and it’s gained quite a few members.”
Cox said that when he sees people leave the faith, it’s often after high school and then as they age, they tend to come back. He said he is excited that Indianapolis will again be the host for the 2013 National Catholic Youth Conference later this year.
“Even I left the church for about nine years before I came back and ended up going to the seminary,” he said. “I think there are a number of people (who leave), particularly after high school, and then later on it truly becomes an adult decision to come back.”