Skip to comments.Cardinals seek identikit for new pope
Posted on 02/18/2013 8:04:50 AM PST by ExxonPatrolUs
Ghana's Peter Turkson, 64, the genial head of the Vatican department for peace and justice, represents Africa to cardinals who want a non-European pope while his Roman experience reassures those worried about a pontiff from overseas.
Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, 69, is a classic "Roman." Born and raised in Argentina, the son of Italian immigrants has spent his adult life in the Curia or Vatican diplomatic service, making him well connected there but little known to cardinals outside.
Cardinal Marc Ouellet, 68, a kind of staff manager as head of the Vatican Congregation for Bishops, has a dry image but is "tri-continental". An intellectual Canadian theologian working in Rome, he has long experience in Latin America.
Cardinals will be watching Benedict between now and his resignation for any hints he might drop about a successor.
His decision to resign because of his failing health clearly points to the need for a relatively younger man, probably in his 60s. Benedict was 78 when he was elected.
The pope has said nothing about Church teachings but his decision to stay in a renovated convent not far from his old papal apartment might weigh on cardinals casting their ballots under Michelangelo's imposing painting of The Last Judgment.
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Of the last 60 popes, only one has seen his 88th birthday.
“One senior cardinal, who asked not to be named, said many of Benedict’s appointments as cardinals and bishops were more conservative than the faithful they were named to lead.”
“I’m scared about it because we’ll lose our people if we go too far to the right,” he said. “If we sound more like conservative politicians than Christian leaders, that’s bad for the Church.”
This definitely sounds like fiction. It wouldn’t surprise me the least if it was made up by the reporter.
The real reason that this story lacks credibility is that the conditions under which he’s slated to live post-resignation sound like they are a whole lot more harsh than a Dutch prison for UN convicts.
Sorry, I dropped this on the wrong Pope thread.