This is all total nonsense. They will pick who they want; I’d say the odds are 85% to 90% that it will be a European and if so, 60% to 70% that it will be an Italian.
All this sweet sixteen nonsense means nothing. A pope from Brazil, Ghana, Mexico?
Must you be so negative? Can’t you just have fun with it? God knows we need to lighten up a little bit on everyone’s religion.
I think they should pick a bi-sexual. They could please everyone then. The scandals would be twice as good and steamy.
Richard, must you be a Dick?? Lighten up
I think this is a good way to engage people from around the world. The point is not to win or lose, the point is to get to know others and their thoughts, feelings as this historical time goes on.
Good fun thing,Catholics do have a sense of humour
I believe Angelo Scola will be the winner! Good luck to the rest.
Our God would not want use to lighten up, but press forward as we serve an awesome God full of grace and mercy.
I agree that Cardinal Scola is the leading candidate. I wonder what happened to Cardinal Bagnasco of Genoa. He was on all the early lists, but seems to have receded into the background. His credentials are impressive.
As much as I would like someone from the South (America preferred), I have a funny feeling the church is going Canadian.
Looks like a fun place
Sorry to see “DUKE” will not make the Final Four this year. LOL!
Karlos, I agree with you. Marc Ouellet of Canada seems to be the guy who everyone could agree on, but my heart’s preferred choice is Peter Turkson of Ghana. And Richard, how unlikely do you think a 50-something year old cardinal from Poland getting elected in 1978 would be? Oh wait, but that actually happened. His name is Pope John Paul II.
You apparently watched the House debate on passing the bill for battered and abused women and children yesterday, huh?
Oh wait, that already happened.
I think the next pope will be another german.
Oh please not! If that would happen, I would join the Society of Saint Pius X.
Have you checked out Pope Pius the 9th???OMG
Since the Europeans’ track record over the past ten centuries is a bit spotty, perhaps it is time to pass the baton to another part of the world…..God surely knows that such a person would do no worse — and, perhaps, might begun to clean up the mess that is the Vatican and the College of Cardinals…..I appreciate the attempt at humor with the Sisteen Sixteen, but these are sad, sad times for the Roman Catholic Church…..
In an open field its time for an American…. thinking Cardinal O’Malley from Boston. But who knows? God Bless
The majortiy of people who know Cardinal O’Malley from Boston will not elect him. He has spent a fortune on people who should not be receiving huge amounts of money. He should be the lowest on the list. Maybe you should do some researching on O’Malley unless you’re already close to him.
Actually, in Europe (Italy) the odds are for a black cardinal (I think its Peter Turkson)… 3-1. America can forget it; they are too tainted with the pedophilia scandal; you won’t see an American for a while… I guarantee there will be a black pope before there is ever an American pope.
Watch out for Schönborn, an insider’s quiet pick.
Where is the Irish guy?
Big surprise!!!! Ennio Antonelli!!!!!
I hope that it’s Dolan. He seems to have the knowledge, experience, but also the instinct when to cajole or when to put his foot down. He also has the energy, which in light of recent events, is a vital (pun intended) factor.
100% chance the next Holy Father will be Catholic. 100 % celibate. Ok. I know I’m going out on a limb here: 100 % chance male? Annnnnnnd, oooh, I’m gonna nail this one: 100 % a Cardinal?
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