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American Pope Odds Long, But Cardinal Dolan In The Running

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An American pope? The odds are long, but for the first time in papal history, many American Catholics believe that one of our own is in the running as Pope Benedict prepares for the unusual move of stepping down from the papacy.

American pope odds center around New York archbishop, Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Dolan is a popular figure — recently appearing in New York at a talk with Comedy Central host, prominent Catholic and Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert — and is a candidate many Catholics in the US believe has a real if remote chance of ascending to the position.

Colbert himself first bandied about the American pope odds on his show last week, endorsing his pal Dolan as a strong candidate for popery and quipping about the Report‘s Papal Speculatron 7500. Stephen mused over the unusual papal resignation, as well as the secretive rituals surrounding the selection of popes:

“God has a way of telling Popes when to retire… It’s called death… I know when the cardinals are voting, no Pope is black smoke, a new pope is white smoke. I assume slacker Pope is bong smoke.”

While American pope odds remain long, Dolan himself has acknowledged the buzz and spoke about it on the Today show as he prepares to travel to Vatican City for the coming conclave. Dolan said:

Dolan will join the rest of the world’s cardinals next month at the conclave in the Sistine Chapel to elect the next pope.

“I’ve never been through this before — I’m still unpacking the red socks from a year ago when I was made a cardinal. I don’t exactly know, except for prayer… what else to do. I’ll await instructions like everybody else.”

Do you think Cardinal Dolan ups the American pope odds?

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4 Responses to “American Pope Odds Long, But Cardinal Dolan In The Running”

  1. Billy Turner

    The last of Malachy's prophecies concerns the end of the world and is as follows: "In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End." It has been noticed concerning Petrus Romanus, who according to St. Malachy's list is to be the last pope, that the prophecy does not say that no popes will intervene between him and his predecessor designated Gloria olivæ. It merely says that he is to be the last, so that we may suppose as many popes as we please before "Peter the Roman". Simply put, the next pope will be Italian.

  2. Brian V. Sitterley

    The cardinals would be smarter to choose a Latin American (which might shore up the Church there) or an Asian or African, who might actually advance Catholicism.

  3. Matthew Beaven

    If Dolan is selected, it is due to concern of Church vs. State relations, something he has excelled at. Personally I'd like Burke or Ranjith, though, both a sign of a hard turn toward Tradition.