Cardinal Peter Turkson is the odds-on favorite to become the first black pope, and first to nearly be arrested while cleaning a bank in New York.
Yes, in 1973, the young Turkson, who grew up poor in Ghana, moved to New York, and was a seminarian in Rennselaer. But he got a night job at a bank, said his close friend, Dr. Joseph Marrota to the Daily News.
“It was 8 or 9 o’clock and they wanted to know what he was doing there,” Marrota said. “He told them the truth, that he was cleaning the bank. They were going to arrest him and he had to call the cleaning service. He almost got taken away.”
In most ways, Turkson seems unlikely to liberalize the Church — he won’t embrace gay marriage and has even defended anti-gay legislation in Africa. But if the Church under Clarkson ever takes a stance on racial profiling, don’t be surprised.