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>> Papabili 2012 — by Darien N. Clark … — July 27, 2012.
Though we can all bandy around names like Lord Ouellet, Angelo Scola, Gianfranco Ravasi, Angelo Amato, Oscar Rodriquez Maradiaga et. al. as papabili, as Darien does in his July 2012 list, we all have to agree, deep down, that none of them are outright front runners in the same league as were a Montini, Pacelli, Ratzinger or a Sarto. Lord Ouellet deserves to be pope. He, as a cardinal, whether in Canada or in the curia, has been immaculate. But, he is just too damn young at 68.5. Hopefully he will be pope one day, but he really is too young to be the next pope, unless, of course, the current pope lives on for another 10 years!
I am kind of surprised that ‘Papal Succession Plan “B”‘ has not been invoked as yet. Maybe the pope, the ego maniac he is, wants to wait until he, 10 days from now, passes another milestone: the 4th oldest since 1400.
Some of you may have missed this. Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re’s father died last week. Cardinal Re is 78. His father was 104. That is the problem these days. Longevity is not what it used to be.
Whether you like it or not there is really only one top dog, one alpha male, at the Vatican: Lord Bertone, who turned 78 ‘a month’ ago. I still believe that he holds most of the ‘cards’ if there were to be an election within the next 6 months. Though this pope had just turned 78 when elected, I still think that 78.5 might be a psychological barrier, hard to breach, when it comes to the next pope. But, as ever, I could be wrong. As this pope gets older, the electors may feel that they have no option but to elect older popes. So the 78.5 might become 79.5. That would give Lord Bertone another year.
Right now, however hard I try, I really can’t see anybody plausible beyond Lord Bertone.
Happy New Year.
Will we see a conclave in 2013? There are a lot of comets whizzing by next year. So maybe that one of these will portend a change in papacy.