Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Next Pope Will Be a Fellow New Yorker

Sandro Magister thinks so — An American in Rome, Bound for the Chair of Peter. He writies:
    The easiest bet is that the next pope will not be Italian. But not European, African, or Asian ether. For the first time in the bimillennial history of the Church, the successor of Peter could come from the Americas. Or to hazard a more targeted prediction: from the Big Apple.

    Timothy Michael Dolan, archbishop of New York, 63, is a larger-than-life man from the Midwest with a radiant smile and overflowing vigor, precisely that “vigor of both body and mind” which Joseph Ratzinger recognized he had lost and defined as necessary for his successor, for the sake of properly “governing the barque of Peter and proclaiming the Gospel.”


    Dolan is, in doctrine, a dyed-in-the-wool Ratzingerian, and moreover with the gift of being a great communicator. But he is also this in his vision of man and of the world. And in the public role that the Church is called to carry out in society.

    In the United States, he is at the head of that team of “affirmative” bishops who have marked the rebirth of the Catholic Church after decades of subjection to the dominant culture and of yielding to the spread of scandal.

    In Europe and in North America, the regions of most ancient but declining Christianity, there does not exist today a Church more vital and resurgent than that of the United States. And also more free and critical with respect to worldly powers. The taboo has vanished of an American Catholic Church that identifies itself with the primary global superpower and therefore can never produce a pope.
But what are the Irish bookies saying? Paddy Power's 's Next Pope bet gives him 33/1 odds, the same as the other American papabile, about whom Mr. Magister writes:
    On the contrary, what is astonishing about this conclave is that the United States offers not one, but even two true "papabili." Because in addition to Dolan there is the archbishop of Boston, Sean Patrick O'Malley, 69, with the robe and beard of the worthy Capuchin friar.

    His belonging to the humble order of St. Francis is not an obstacle to the papacy, nor is it without illustrious precedents, because the great Julius II, the pope of Michelangelo and Raphael, was also a Franciscan.

    But what matters most is that Dolan and O'Malley are not two candidates opposed to one another. The vote of the one could converge upon the other, if necessary, because both are bearers of a single plan.

    With respect to Dolan, O'Malley has a less resolute profile as far as management abilities are concerned. And this could make him more acceptable to some cardinals, allowing him to cross the decisive threshold of two thirds of the votes, 77 out of 115, that could instead be withheld from the more energetic, and therefore much more feared, archbishop of New York.
With 8/1 odds and currently in fourth place according to these delightfully irreverent Irishmen, the third North American prelate gets the least mention in the pro-American Magister's article:
    The same reasoning could be applied to a third candidate, the Canadian cardinal Marc Ouellet, he as well of solid Ratzingerian background and rich with talents similar to those of Dolan and O'Malley, but even more uncertain and timid than this latter in executive decisions. In a conclave that is focusing many of its expectations on the reordering of the governance of the Church, the candidacy of Ouellet, although taken into consideration by the cardinal electors, appears to be the weakest among the three North Americans.
My money's still on the guy the Irish bookies picked as front-runner, with 11/4 odds, His Eminence Peter Kodwo Appiah Cardinal Turkson, whose career I have been following for two-and-a-half years ago — Next Pope, Black Pope, Last Pope? I wrote then:
    When I was an exchange student in Chile, I remember first hearing that the world would end after the election of a black pope. A Lutheran at the time, I dismissed such talk as just another silly Catholic superstition. An American, I thought such talk was racist. Now, I know it to be neither.

    Could His Eminence be Petrus Romanus, mentioned in St Malachy's Prophecy of the Popes, "who will feed the sheep through many tribulations, at the term of which the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the formidable Judge will judge his people"? This fellow seems to think so — The Coming Black Pope. See also Soloviev's Apocalypse, in which "resistance comes from Pope Peter II, John the Elder, leader of the Orthodox, and Professor Ernst Pauli, representing Protestantism" and under the "pressure of persecution the three churches in this eschatological situation at last unite."
Nota bene: Paddy Power's Papal Name of Next Pope bet gives even odds to "Peter" being the choice of the next Roman pontiff. And, as Nicholas Farrell said, "Who better to tell white liberal lefties to f*ck off than a black pope?"

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

Dolan's great. I don't think he'll be elected though.

My "money" is on Scola.

As for "Peter" being the name of the next pope - doesn't that ring of the Malachy Prophecy nonsense?

March 8, 2013 at 5:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dolan is an Americanist -read his speeches to both party conventions last summer- and believes in American exceptionalism. I can think of nothing more disastrous for the Church and the world, and perhaps worst, for deluded American Catholics than such a pope.

March 8, 2013 at 7:08 AM  
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March 8, 2013 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

This "Americanist" is also a champion of that great American Dorothy Day: In Hero of the Catholic Left, a Conservative Cardinal Sees a Saint.

I have never heard His Eminence call her wrong in her anarchism, but I have, sadly and surprisingly, read you do so on you blog, with all due respect.

Dolan, like Day, may be beyond the narrow categories of left and right.

March 8, 2013 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Steve Hayes said...

Why should the Bishop of Rome NOT be Italian?

March 9, 2013 at 5:55 AM  

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