[Local Culture] To the surprise of absolutely no one, Thomas Monson was named prophet and president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Monday. And the church has missed a great opportunity.
Whenever a Pope dies, national news is filled with speculation about the prospective next pontiff. Lists of cardinals and bishops circulate, filled with details on their tendencies and pecadillos like a cross between a baseball card and a Match.com profile. Will he lean reform or conservative? A uniter or a divider? It's all anyone can talk about until that telltale puff of white smoke emerges from the Vatican.
But the LDS church, with its rigid promotion from within of the candidate with the most seniority, blows an opportunity to get people talking. It is Monson, it always was Monson, and no one really paid attention. What would be a better way for the church hierarchy to cash in on a "world is watching" moment? What ceremonial signal should herald the selection? We know you have ideas a-plenty. (Scott Renshaw)