Skip to comments.Next pope will be African according to odds from Irish bookmaker
Posted on 01/11/2013 2:37:18 PM PST by SeekAndFind
The next pope is very likely to be African according to Paddy Power, Irelands leading bookmaker, who has come out with a list of papabile, those considered papal material.
The list comes at a time of increased health problems for Pope Benedict, who, at 85, has begun using a cane and is appearing more frail.
Favorite is Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria, who is 15/8 (bet eight to win fifteen), while in second place is Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana at 9/4.
Thats two top Africans in the top two spots according to the bookmakers odds.
In third place in the odds is Archbishop Angelo Scola of Venice at 7/1 while in fourth is Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiago of Honduras at 10/1 while Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith at 33.1 rounds out the top five.
Rinze was considered papabile in 2005 when Benedict was elected, and he now has Benedicts old job within the Vatican.
Against him is his age, he is almost 80 and may be too old when Benedict passes Cardinal Turkson is only 64, born to a Methodist mother and Catholic father, and has said that "if God would wish to see a black man also as pope, thanks be to God. The Catholic Church chronicler Rocco Palmo called Turkson the lone Scripture scholar in the Pope's "Senate" and believes that his status as a potential "papabile" has been elevated due to his appointment as spokesman for Second Synod for Africa in 2009.
Three recent popes have come from the Venice archdiocese which makes Cardinal Scola an automatic favorite as the top Italian. Church experts say the best outsider is Cardinal Marc Ouellet from Canada who handled the recent Eucharistic Conference in Dublin.
I am going with Sheldon Cooper on this one: The odds favor the next Pontiff being named “mohammed Lee.”
It will be “Peter the Roman”
Well, wasn’t that the line for the current Pope. I suspect the Irish aren’t certain if Austria is in Africa or not.
It does not matter what he is as long as he eats away at the legacy of Vatican II with its clown masses and guitar-playing hippie freaks.
should be interesting if it comes to pass.
How does THE WON deal with THE OTHER WON?
Can they wait for the current one to pass away before making odds?
As an outsider to the Catholic church, I do think it would be cool if they picked one of the Bishops from China, a real one, not one the Communist Party appointed. It would send a strong message, I think.
These are the same bishops they trotted out last time.
The African Methodists are saving the Methodist church from itself. If it weren’t for them, gay marriage would have been approved. I don’t know about Catholics, but the African Methodists are way more conservative than their brethren in the US.
Seems to be the fad.
“They” is the bookmakers, not the Vatican. I’d be surprised if it was any one of these.
BXVI has appointed a number of new cardinals (from everywhere), so that the majority by the time of picking the new Pope will probably be pretty conservative. Beyond that, I don’t know.
I do think it may be an English-speaker, but that could be anybody from a Brit to an American to an African to an Indian. I don’t think it will be an Italian, no matter what.
“Trotted out”, that’s a funny way to put it. Makes me imagine the bishops are stored up in the attic, with dropcloths over them to keep the dust off until it’s time to pick a new pope.
PETRUS ROMANUS: THE FINAL POPE IS HERE:
I seem to recall a “prophecy” from “someone”, that the next Pope, will be the last Pope.
Anyone else have more info on this?
The last Pope?
I was in Rome. I saw the list on the wall. That name you posted was the last.
Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria was the African favorite last time.