Anura’s original, Dec. 2008, papabili list
Factoring in the Paddy Power odds
Cardinals Antonio Cañizares Llovera & Keith Michael Patrick O’Brien as papabile
‘The Next Pope’ (after Pope Benedict XVI) book, Feb. 2010, by Anura Guruge
Darien N Clark,
Past Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus, Mother Marianne Cope Council 14260 at Syracuse University
The List, justification below.
Now that the 2010 Consistory has been formally announced, the following is my list of 2010 Papabili. Considering the numerous other rankings on the web, I rank each candidate based on these qualifications: theological position, closeness (or perhaps more to the point lack thereof) to the sex-abuse scandals, closeness to the pope, current position, country of origin and age. Of course I’m no expert so I’m sure some (and probably the majority) of readers will disagree with me. I will try my best to respond to comments, but considering that I am finishing my degree in December that may not be as often as I would like to.
I want to explain, up front, some choices which may raise a few eye-brows. Cardinal Ouellet at #1 might be a little high at the moment, but Pope Benedict XVI appears to be in good health and not passing on any time soon. By the time the Holy Father does indeed leave us, Cardinal Ouellet will be an even stronger candidate than now. You aren’t appointed head of the Congregation for Bishops if you do not have the respect of the Pope, thus in tern the respect of the Cardinals. I’m not sure I fully buy into my own #5 choice being that high. Cardinal Levada is there because he is the head of the Holy Office. He is on the older side at nearly 75 and an American, but as the head doctrinal official of the church he deserves a nod near the top. Cardinal Vignt-Trois is not on any list that I’ve seen. Cardinal Barbarin seems to be the leading Frenchman, but Vignt-Trois status as the Archbishop of Paris is what, I feel, gives him the nod over Barbarin. Cardinal Arinze most likely does not have a shot, but he is one of those older Cardinals who would get a few first-ballot votes in recognition of his many years of service to the Holy See.
Two individuals left out. Cardinal Schonborn has been appearing on numerous lists, but is not on mine. As much as I love the Dominicans, he has that major documented case of rampant liturgical abuses at that youth mass. I’m not sure that endeared him to his brothers in the college. The soon to be Cardinal Burke is certainly a theological conservative and that helps his case. But he needs to stop running his mouth before he can ever be a serious candidate. Being an American certainly doesn’t help his any either, but he needs to find more constructive ways of defending the faith than calling for Cardinal-Desitnate Weurl to be deposed for not denying Catholic pro-choice politicians Eucharist.