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Cardinal Nicolas De Jesus Lopez Rodriguez: Profile of a Candidate for Pope

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Who is Cardinal Nicolas De Jesus Lopez Rodriguez?:

Nicolas De Jesus Lopez Rodriguez was born on October 31, 1936, in Barranca in the Dominican Republic.

Background and Early Life of Nicolas De Jesus Lopez Rodriguez:

Nicolas De Jesus Lopez Rodriguez was ordained a priest in 1961 and later studied in Rome. He became the first bishop of the Diocese of San Francisco de Macoris on February 25, 1978, and Archbishop of Santo Domingo on November 15, 1981.

Current Status of Nicolas De Jesus Lopez Rodriguez:

Nicolas De Jesus Lopez Rodriguez is archbishop of Santo Domingo and is the only cardinal in the Dominican Republic.

Theology of Nicolas De Jesus Lopez Rodriguez:

Nicolas De Jesus Lopez Rodriguez is doctrinally conservative traditionalist and a strong opponent of Liberation Theology, abortion, and contraception.

Assessment of Nicolas De Jesus Lopez Rodriguez:

Nicolas De Jesus Lopez Rodriguez would likely receive support from various factions of conservative cardinals who are looking for a candidate who will defend traditional theology and orthodox doctrines. Rodriguez would ensure that the Catholic church would not grow more liberal in any key areas.

Nicolas De Jesus Lopez Rodriguez is also from the third world. Many cardinals would like to elect a pope from the third world, if possible, because the largest and fastest growing populations of Catholics are located in third world countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. A pope from a nation in one of these regions would make it easier for the Catholic church to reach out to the large, poor, and theologically conservative Catholic populations.

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