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Who’s in the Running for Pope? 12 Names to Watch
Charisma News ^ | 8:00AM EST 2/12/2013 | David Gibson and Alessandro Speciale/RNS

Posted on 02/13/2013 10:49:33 AM PST by haffast

Pope Benedict XVI’s 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 Benedict’s own election in 2005, church insiders and online oddsmakers were trying to figure out who might be next, given that Benedict—now 85—was already aging, increasingly frail, and had himself declared that he did not expect his reign to be a long one.

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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.

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“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 Vatican’s 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 Vatican’s 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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(Excerpt) Read more at charismanews.com ...


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KEYWORDS: benedict; catholic; pope; vatican
Some of the names briefly discussed in this article's speculation:

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

1 posted on 02/13/2013 10:49:40 AM PST by haffast
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To: haffast

I’m hoping Obama, he already has the God complex.


2 posted on 02/13/2013 10:51:52 AM PST by CMailBag
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To: haffast

Maybe THIS time!.......

3 posted on 02/13/2013 10:55:20 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: CMailBag
I’m hoping Obama

He'd have to resign the Presidency, I think.

4 posted on 02/13/2013 10:57:33 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: haffast

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!)


5 posted on 02/13/2013 11:02:46 AM PST by jobim (.)
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To: haffast; narses

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.


6 posted on 02/13/2013 11:04:25 AM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: jobim
This is not the world of politics

The most naive posting of the day. Do you seriously believe what you just said?
7 posted on 02/13/2013 11:06:56 AM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: haffast

And the winner is: Petrus Romanus.


8 posted on 02/13/2013 11:15:04 AM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est.)
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To: Perdogg

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.”


9 posted on 02/13/2013 11:20:49 AM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: grumpygresh
And the winner is: Petrus Romanus.

If history repeats, whoever is selected, the conspiracy whacks will find a way to make Peter the Roman out of it. (Cf.: Nostradamus)

10 posted on 02/13/2013 11:22:46 AM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: CMailBag
PC is the law of the universe now so, next POPE:

Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana....

...gotta have a pope of color...tired of old white guys..

11 posted on 02/13/2013 11:26:04 AM PST by B.O. Plenty (Give war a chance........)
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To: D-fendr
+1.

The so-called "Prophecies of St. Malachy" were never written by St. Malachy and are a forgery.

An embarrassingly bad forgery, at that.

12 posted on 02/13/2013 11:29:02 AM PST by wideawake
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To: Perdogg
The selection of Pope is not a political process. Of course
human nature being what it is, there will be some small segment
of the cardinals who will see themselves as party operatives. But
for the most part, they will be seeking to discern the will
of the Holy Spirit, Whose will transcends even politics.
13 posted on 02/13/2013 11:35:56 AM PST by jobim (.)
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To: Perdogg; jobim
There is a political aspect, because human beings are involved in the process.

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.

14 posted on 02/13/2013 11:36:24 AM PST by wideawake
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To: Perdogg
the only con would be the name Pedro.

Yeah, that and coming from Romanus Brazil should certainly disqualify him.

15 posted on 02/13/2013 11:39:10 AM PST by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: haffast
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, archbishop of Manila in the Philippines, 55

What odds do the bookies have Tagle?

16 posted on 02/13/2013 11:39:49 AM PST by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: Red Badger

Az da pick of the Calf teria faction


17 posted on 02/13/2013 11:44:50 AM PST by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: haffast
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, 67

C'mon Cardinals... Step outside the box and be brave.. pick the Irishman, and do it on 17 March, St. Paddy's Day!

18 posted on 02/13/2013 11:52:02 AM PST by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: grumpygresh

You can check also, but I found that a native of Romana is Romanese, not Roman.


19 posted on 02/13/2013 11:52:30 AM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: haffast; All

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???


20 posted on 02/13/2013 11:54:48 AM PST by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: Perdogg
the only con would be the name Pedro.


21 posted on 02/13/2013 11:56:30 AM PST by Thane_Banquo ( Walker 2016)
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To: haffast

What about Tarcisio Pietro Evasio Bertone?


22 posted on 02/13/2013 11:56:35 AM PST by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: D-fendr

Romana translated from Latin to English yields Roman :D People will find a way.


23 posted on 02/13/2013 11:59:09 AM PST by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: CMailBag
Here are a few self-appointed wannabes


24 posted on 02/13/2013 12:05:24 PM PST by Perseverando (Gun control? It's really not about gun control is it? It's really about PEOPLE CONTROL!)
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To: wideawake
There are only 118 voters.
Every voter is also theoretically a candidate.


"We all voted for Swope, cause we each thought nobody else would!"


25 posted on 02/13/2013 12:06:03 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Perseverando

They look more like candidates for “Upper Class Twit of the Year”.


26 posted on 02/13/2013 12:06:41 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Perseverando

OMG..that’s a riot!


27 posted on 02/13/2013 12:07:58 PM PST by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: haffast

I like Cardinal Angelo Scola, but Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco would also be acceptable.


28 posted on 02/13/2013 12:11:15 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Perseverando
That was funny, right up to the end.

That last one ... there's something so evil in Bam-Bam's dead face expression that just makes my blood run cold.

29 posted on 02/13/2013 12:13:42 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Red Badger

We shoulda be so lucky!

Papa Guido Primo!


30 posted on 02/13/2013 12:17:12 PM PST by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: Perseverando

Hah...Pope PiousIII..(the turd)


31 posted on 02/13/2013 12:17:41 PM PST by B.O. Plenty (Give war a chance........)
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To: Rashputin

I highly doubt they’d pick someone that young again, they don’t want them reigning for decades anymore.


32 posted on 02/13/2013 12:18:46 PM PST by mquinn (Obama's supporters: a deliberate drowning of consciousness by means of rhythmic noise)
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To: Ingtar
People will find a way.

If all else fails: he's the bishop of Rome in the office of Peter, shaazam, Peter the Roman, prophecy fulfilled.

:)

33 posted on 02/13/2013 12:32:05 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: haffast; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

I’m cramming my Latin while looking forward to the televised debates.


34 posted on 02/13/2013 12:33:45 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Perdogg; jobim
The most naive posting of the day. Do you seriously believe what you just said?

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.

35 posted on 02/13/2013 12:42:08 PM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." Thomas Jefferso)
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To: jobim
This is not the world of politics

I bet we'd be suprised how much politics there is.

36 posted on 02/13/2013 12:51:41 PM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: jobim

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.


37 posted on 02/13/2013 1:05:52 PM PST by Houghton M.
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To: jobim

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.


38 posted on 02/13/2013 1:07:12 PM PST by Venturer
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To: haffast

More interesting would be speculations on what nick the next pope picks!


39 posted on 02/13/2013 1:07:47 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: mquinn
That's probably true although I think one of the Cardinals in their sixties will be the next Pope, not someone seventy or over.

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.

40 posted on 02/13/2013 1:17:53 PM PST by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: All

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.


41 posted on 02/13/2013 1:23:16 PM PST by Preston Manning (When standing on the edge of a cliff, a "giant step forward" is NOT progress!)
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To: Houghton M.
Colombo would work out just fine. He'd really irritate the Cafeteria crowd I bet, and the fascist Media, too.

42 posted on 02/13/2013 1:32:11 PM PST by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: All

Cardinal Ouellet in action

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Xw4-CFzc5-o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=la81wjZtGD4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=YEQeY7jQTdE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=YgSJc5UVkV8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Hm1UfYdKEOU


43 posted on 02/13/2013 1:32:24 PM PST by Preston Manning (When standing on the edge of a cliff, a "giant step forward" is NOT progress!)
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To: Perdogg
the only con would be the name Pedro.

Yes, it would not look good for a Pope to be named "Peter."

< /wink>

44 posted on 02/13/2013 1:38:01 PM PST by twister881
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To: Perseverando
Pope Poofter XLIV


45 posted on 02/13/2013 1:46:25 PM PST by twister881
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To: haffast

I hope they have a better form of vote counting than we had in 2012.


46 posted on 02/13/2013 1:55:10 PM PST by RetSignman ("...a Republic if you can keep it")
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To: twister881

I see what you did, there.


47 posted on 02/13/2013 1:59:56 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Venturer
political correctness to boot.

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.

48 posted on 02/13/2013 2:03:58 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Preston Manning

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).


49 posted on 02/13/2013 2:09:08 PM PST by Stosh
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To: Revolting cat!

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.


50 posted on 02/13/2013 2:18:14 PM PST by Venturer
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