Skip to comments.Who’s in the Running for Pope? 12 Names to Watch
Posted on 02/13/2013 10:49:33 AM PST by haffast
Pope Benedict XVIs sudden announcement that he would resign by the end of the month took the church and the world by surprise, in large part because it was a move without precedent in the modern world.
But what comes next is as old and familiar as the papacy itself: Speculating about who will succeed to the Throne of St. Peter.
Indeed, within months of Benedicts own election in 2005, church insiders and online oddsmakers were trying to figure out who might be next, given that Benedictnow 85was already aging, increasingly frail, and had himself declared that he did not expect his reign to be a long one.
Will the conclave make the epochal break with the European monopoly and pick a cardinal from Latin America or Africa? The Catholic Church is booming in the Southern Hemisphere, as opposed to Europe and North America, where it is on life-support or barely treading water.
In my eyes it would be a good thing if a candidate from Latin America or Africa were elected at the next conclave, Cardinal Kurt Koch, a Swiss prelate who is the Vaticans top official for dialogue with other churches, said in December.
The future of the church does not lie in Europe, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, a German who Benedict tapped last year to serve as the Vaticans doctrinal watchdog, said in a separate interview in December. I know a number of bishops and cardinals from Latin America who could take responsibility for the entire world Church.
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Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana , 64
Cardinal Angelo Scola, 70
Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, 69
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, 69
Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer, currently archbishop of Sao Paolo, 62
Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, 65
Cardinal Leonardo Sandri
Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, 69
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, archbishop of Manila in the Philippines. At 55
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, 67
I’m hoping Obama, he already has the God complex.
Maybe THIS time!.......
He'd have to resign the Presidency, I think.
These stories are worthless. No one runs for pope, and none of us are privy to the thoughts of Cardinals. This is not the world of politics (thank God!)
If I had to bet I would bet on Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer of Brasil for the following reasons:
1. Emerging importance of Brazil.
2. Latin American
3. Age of Odilo Scherer (62) - the average age of a pope at death is 74 with an average of 10 years of service.
the only con would be the name Pedro.
And the winner is: Petrus Romanus.
There is politics - in the sense of ambition and control and the Papal State - just as there is human nature; but, the office is not primarily political, but a spiritual leader. Whatever the pope does is best grounded in a deep Christian spirituality as Pope Benedict demonstrated. He also demonstrated Christian humility.
So. whoever “runs for pope” is not likely the one who will be pope.
Roman proverb: Whoever goes in pope, comes out cardinal.”
If history repeats, whoever is selected, the conspiracy whacks will find a way to make Peter the Roman out of it. (Cf.: Nostradamus)
Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana....
...gotta have a pope of color...tired of old white guys..
The so-called "Prophecies of St. Malachy" were never written by St. Malachy and are a forgery.
An embarrassingly bad forgery, at that.
However, a conclave is very different from a normal election.
There are only 118 voters.
Every voter is also theoretically a candidate.
Many of them know many of the others very well.
Anyone who declares himself a candidate is pretty much guaranteed to lose.
For most of the voters, the chance of ever voting again is remote, and the chance of being a candidate again is likewise remote.
Much of the gamesmanship of regular elections does not apply.
Yeah, that and coming from Romanus Brazil should certainly disqualify him.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, archbishop of Manila in the Philippines, 55
What odds do the bookies have Tagle?
Az da pick of the Calf teria faction
C'mon Cardinals... Step outside the box and be brave.. pick the Irishman, and do it on 17 March, St. Paddy's Day!
You can check also, but I found that a native of Romana is Romanese, not Roman.
glad i’m not the only one...the title claims “12 names to watch”...i counted 10 names...your list has ten names...where are the other two?? or does Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga count as two people since he has four names???
What about Tarcisio Pietro Evasio Bertone?
Romana translated from Latin to English yields Roman :D People will find a way.
They look more like candidates for “Upper Class Twit of the Year”.
OMG..that’s a riot!
I like Cardinal Angelo Scola, but Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco would also be acceptable.
That last one ... there's something so evil in Bam-Bam's dead face expression that just makes my blood run cold.
We shoulda be so lucky!
Papa Guido Primo!
Hah...Pope PiousIII..(the turd)
I highly doubt they’d pick someone that young again, they don’t want them reigning for decades anymore.
If all else fails: he's the bishop of Rome in the office of Peter, shaazam, Peter the Roman, prophecy fulfilled.
I’m cramming my Latin while looking forward to the televised debates.
It's not naive and I hope he does seriously believe it. While I admit that every human interaction has it's mundane and even political aspect the election of a Pope is a very seriously different occaision. The electors meeting in the Conclave are very human and very fallible but none the less they are the instruments through which the Holy Spirit will make known His choice for our next Supreme Pontiff.
All the politicking, and speculating and bargaining in the world will not make one tiny bit of difference.
I bet we'd be suprised how much politics there is.
Turkson is running. Which is why he’ll lose.
Keep an eye on Malcom Cardinal Ranjith of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
You saw it here first.
Don’t think for a minute that there are no politics involved.
If I were a betting man I would bet the new Pope will be black. Politics, certainly , and political correctness to boot.
More interesting would be speculations on what nick the next pope picks!
It's just a hunch, but I suspect it'll be someone younger than people are expecting.
I do like Tagle from what I've heard from him, though. I ran across a few things he's had to say while they've been fighting changes to laws in the Philippines and it seems like he's not worried about stepping on toes.
My money’s on Ouellet for a couple of reasons:
1) He’s not tainted by scandal
2) He’s had a varied career as missionary/parish priest/bishop/professor/curialist
3) He speak 5 languages fluently (His native French, English, Spanish, Italian and Portugese)
4) He’s thoroughly conservative/traditional
5) He’s never been seen as campaigning for the job
6) When there’s debate over whether the next pope will be African, Latino, European, or American he’s the most viable ‘None of the Above’ answer.
7) He’s the right age at 68. He could reign in good health for at least 10 years but not nearly as long as JPII’s 25+ years.
8) He’s healthy. He still likes to put on his skates and play hockey with his extended family when he visits home (Northern Quebec)
9) He’s a good balance between JPII on the charisma scale and BXVI on the intellectual scale.
10) He’s fearless in his promotion of a pro-life world view and has participated in and spoken at several March-for-Life type events outside Canada’s parliament, drawing fire from the usual separation of church and state crowd (yup - we’ve got ‘em here too)
The more I read about the guy, the more I think there’s no reason NOT to elect him.
Colombo would work out just fine. He'd really irritate the Cafeteria crowd I bet, and the fascist Media, too.
Cardinal Ouellet in action
Yes, it would not look good for a Pope to be named "Peter."
I hope they have a better form of vote counting than we had in 2012.
I see what you did, there.
If it's political correctness and he's black, he'll take the nick Mofo I (First). If he's brown, the nick will be Jesus V (pronounced 'hay-sues. Fifth, to commemorate Cinquo de Mayo.)
Naw, if the next pope is a colored dude it'll be because the Church is growing in the colored world. Nothing to do with political correctness.
Orthodox, unashamedly pro-life and a hockey player - hard to ask for much more (anybody with any sense will think twice before they start to screw with somebody who knows how to wield a hockey stick).
Naw, if the next pope is a colored dude it’ll be because the Church is growing in the colored world. Nothing to do with political correctness.
FRiend that IS political correctness.