[Revised, updated and further enhanced as of Saturday, September 18, 2010. Now includes ages. In reality the 11th revision of Father John’s list.]
Given that I do track cardinal creating consistory data, it seems only fair that I also try to provide some insight as to those likely to be created as the new cardinals.
In mid-June, following a heads-up e-mail from Italy, I did provide a link to an Italian cardinalabi list — albeit one published as of January 2010. This list, by a lay Italian (or at least that is what he claims), living in the north of Italy in the picturesque foothills east of Milano, looks very credible. I know that he spends a lot of time, daily, 7 days a week, checking this stuff. I also like that he tips the Archbishop from my Sri Lanka (née Ceylon), Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don, as a tier two possibility — though I will also be the first to contend that there are other countries with a better claim to a cardinal.
This list is by Father John, who just a few days ago gave us his papabili 2010 list. It was inevitable that I would have to ask him to send me a cardinalabi list — if nothing else to show that we in the US also have a good handle on what can transpire in Rome, despite the physical distance. [We are already, within 72 hours, on the 4th revision of his list! There has been considerable interest and e-mail comments. Hence, the updates.]
Whereas my ‘source’ in Northern Italy insists that he is lay, Father John is not. I know him well and can readily contact him. So his bona fides are good.
I am glad to see that there is considerable overlap and consensus between the two lists, though as with the papabili lists the rankings are different. That is good. Shows independent thought — something I am very partial too.
That U.S. Archbishop, now serving as a curialist, Raymond Leo Burke, is a top pick on both lists is interesting and encouraging. I had an e-mail, from an American, a few days ago about Archbishop Burke. He wanted to know whether I would consider him a papabile once he became a cardinal — this person too, totally convinced, that the cardinalate is a given. I am still sticking to my guns, as I have since late 2008. I do not think the next pope will be from the US, Germany or Poland and that he will have a beard. I also think that the election of President Obama diminished the possibility that the next pope will be black — on the rationale that we now already have a major world leader who is black. When I told a few people about the Burke e-mail, I was surprised by some of the comments I received. WOW. It would appear that he was not a popular bishop in the US!
The Cardinalabili List
Since there are 75 names on the latest list I made it into a 3-page, (less than 500KB) PDF.
Please click << here >> or on the image to get the PDF.
As you will see from Father John’s comments, this is meant to be a living list — in that he will update it as events change, e.g., as existing cardinals turn 80, thus, opening up elector slots.
Please feel free to comment. I will forward comment and e-mails to Father John. We ‘chat’ anyway on a fairly regular basis. All feedback is welcome.
Thank you. Enjoy.