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Will Cardinal George Pell or Cardinal Carlo Caffarra Be The ‘Next Pope’ To Succeed Pope Francis?

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So What Will Ex-Pope Ratzinger Do? I Think That Will Have To Be His Name. He Can’t Be Benedict XVI Once He Is Emeritus.

by Anura Guruge

Kind of funny, in a sad way, to papal historians like me. Another well known pope to resign: not once BUT twice. Benedict ‘3-term’ IX (#146, #148 & #151). This will blacken the name ‘Benedict’ for a long time.

So what do you call an ex-pope, other than ‘loser’? He can’t carry on being Benedict XVI. That was his papal name. He has to Ratzinger. But, what Ratzinger. Pope Emeritus Ratzinger?

Where will he live. Rome? Italy? Germany? Elba? Or will he move to the U.S.?

Yes, I am a cynic. Benedict IX resigned for the first time BECAUSE he, around 25 at the time, wanted to get married. Will Benedict finally marry Ingrid Stampa?

What will the ex-Pope do during the conclave? Will he attend the inauguration?

Why did he spurn God’s will? When 6 year olds get killed everybody says ‘God’s Will’, they are going home to God. So what about the pope. Didn’t God just want to ask him to come home? This to me violates God’s will.

Popes Resignation Was WRONG! Weak Pope Will Be Followed By Strong Pope. Lord Bertone vs. Cardinal Ouellet

by Anura Guruge

The pope should NOT have resigned. Yes, of course, he had the right and he had talked about it. John Paul II did NOT resign. He braved it out till the end and let God make the call. My Queen will do the same. She has said she will not abdicate. She was given the job — for life.

That Benedict XVI resigned finally confirmed my refrain of the last 18 months. He was a weak pope. GROBR. The timing of his resignation is clear. He wanted to make sure his buddy Kasper can be an elector. He turns 80 on March 5 but will be eligible because he was under 80 when the pope resigned.

My top 5:

#1 (tied): Lord Bertone

#1 (tied): Marc Ouellet

#3: Lord Tettamanzi

#4: Angelo Scola

#5: Lord Schonborn

Fat pope, followed by thin pope. Old pope followed by young pope.

Weak pope followed by Lord Bertone. QED.

Ouellet ONLY if papal resignation now become accepted as the norm.

German pope soured it for other non-Italians. So that will weigh against both Ouellet and Schonborn.

Next pope WILL NOT be American. Next pope will be white.

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Topical ‘Peter The Roman’ Post At Popes and Papacy By Anura Guruge

Peter the Roman‘ aficionados should read this post:
Dolan As ‘Peter The Roman’ Gains Traction, Possibly Even A Papal Endorsement!

‘The Next Pope 2011′ Published and Available

by Anura Guruge
The Next Pope 2011 by Anura Guruge
When I published ‘The Next Pope‘ in February 2010, I made a point of noting that I would endeavor to update the book, on a regular basis, using today’s cost-effective ‘print-on-demand’ (PoD) technology. I had always felt that PoD gave me an edge over those that had published ‘next pope’ books using conventional channels — where ‘x’ copies of a book are printed in one print run and stored in a warehouse awaiting orders.

The 2011 version has a completely new Chapter 1 with a new slate of papabili and an explanation of my current thinking; e.g., the next pope is likely to be ‘older than ‘younger’ etc.

I also added a whole new 29-page (15,632 word) appendix titled Sede vacante minutiae’. Those that have read it, which included Father John (whose full name appears in the book), Darien Clark, ‘Fitz’ et. al. said that they enjoyed this addition given that it contains a day-by-day account of what happened during the 2005 transition starting the day before John Paul II’s death.

I published this version (with expanded, unrestricted distribution) via CreateSpace — Amazon’s PoD arm. This is my third book with them. Going through CreateSpace enabled me to significantly reduce the price of the book — as much as 46%! Amazing. So, this book, though bigger, is $13.65 cheaper.

The list price for the new book, through all channels, will be US $16.00.

For readers of this blog I am providing an additional US $2.00 discount so that you can purchase it for $14.00 from CreateSpace (albeit before shipping). To get it for US $14,00 go to CreateSpace and use this Discount Code NJY2B4SE.

It will be available on Amazon (US) within the week. There are also some new pictures.

Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don of Sri Lanka, The Next Pope?

Post by Anura Guruge at: http://popes-and-papacy.com/wordpress/?p=1250


Comparing The Paddy Power Next Pope ‘List’ To Our Papabili Lists

Check it out at pope and papacy. Here is the << link >>.


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Comparison of three Next Pope lists
Comparison of three Next Pope lists

A Cardinalabili [i.e., Possible New Cardinals] List by Father John

New Cardinalabi List at Popes and Papacy

It is at popes-and-papacy.

I think you will like it. Cheers.


Requirements (Qualifications) To Be A Cardinal

Cardinal Francesco Peretti di Montalto (1595-1655) from Anura Guruge' The Next Pope
Cardinal Francesco Peretti di Montalto (1595-1655).

This is now covered in Canon 351 § 1 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law. This Canon says:
“The Roman Pontiff freely selects men to be promoted as cardinals, who have been ordained at least into the order of the presbyterate [i.e., priest] and are especially outstanding in doctrine, morals, piety, and prudence in action; those who are not yet bishops must receive episcopal consecration [i.e., consecrated as a bishop].”

So it is now pretty straightforward. You have to be at least a priest. Since you need to be at least 25 years old to be a priest, this requirement, also, adds an implicit age requirement, i.e., 25. So the days of early-teen cardinals is now definitely history.

Canon 351 tightens the cardinalate requirements from the 1917 Code. That required priestly ordination, along the lines that the 1983 Code now requires episcopal consecration. In theory, this meant that if a cardinal was not a priest, he needed to be ordained. The 1983 Code on the other hand appears to stress that already being a priest is a prerequisite.

[I would think that a pope, if he really so wished, could override this as well as any of the other requirements — though I do not see this happening. However, it is worth noting that the need for episcopal consecration is sometimes waived by a pope, particularly in the case of those created cardinals late in life. Check this post about ‘non-bishop cardinals.]

Hope this helps. I had seen a number of searches of late with people looking for data on this topic.

Anura Guruge

The Roman Pontiff freely selects men to be promoted as cardinals, who have been ordained at least into the order of the presbyterate and are especially outstanding in doctrine, morals, piety, and prudence in action; those who are not yet bishops must receive episcopal consecration.

Cardinal Pedro Rubiano Sáenz of Colombia Retires as Archbishop of Bogotá; Electors Still = 107

The day after U.S. Cardinal Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick turned 80 and ceased to be an elector, 77 year old Colombian Cardinal Pedro Rubiano Sáenz tended his resignation as Archbishop of Bogotá compliant with Canon 401 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law that requires diocesan bishops to tender their resignation to the pope once they have completed their seventy-fifth year of life. Typically these resignations are not made public until a replacement can be announced alongside the retirement. That is indeed the case now — Archbishop Rubén Salazar Gómez named as the successor.

One recent exception was that of the retirement of German Cardinal Walter Kasper as the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity. In that case the news of the retirement was ‘leaked’ 4 days prior to his successor being named.

Cardinal Sáenz’s retirement ONLY changes the occupational statistics of the College. He, at 77, is still very much an elector.

So the latest statistics for the 107 Cardinal Electors are as follows:

Of the 107 cardinals, under the age of 80 [i.e., ‘electors’]:

  • 4 are Cardinal Bishops, 1 is an Oriental Rites Patriarch, 86 are Cardinal Priests & 16 are Cardinal Deacons
  • 18 hold curial offices. Of these 1 is a cardinal bishops (viz. Bertone), 6 are cardinal priests and 11 are cardinal deacons
    (Italy – 6, Rest of Europe – 6, U.S.A. – 1, Canada – 1, Latin America – 2 , India – 1 & Africa – 1)
  • 56 are Archbishops including two Patriarchs – i.e., Venice and Lisbon (Portugal) << Please refer to June 19, 2010 posting >>
  • 1 is Bishop — Mainz (Germany)
  • 1 is the Vicar General of Rome, viz. Cardinal Agostino Vallini (papabile)
  • 1 is the Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of Jerusalem, viz. Cardinal John Patrick Foley
  • 29 are ‘retired,’ i.e., emeritus status
  • 1, viz. Cardinal Bernard Francis Law (formally of Boston, USA), is an Archpriest
  • Average age is 72.5 years; 12 in their 79th year, youngest being Peter Erdö (Hungary) at 58
  • 19 belong to religious orders, 4 of whom are Salesians, 3 Franciscans, 2 Jesuits along with an additional 1 belonging to Opus Dei
  • 77 (71.9%) of these cardinals were created by Pope John Paul II between 1983 and 2003
  • 30 were created by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006 & 2007
  • The macro geographic breakdown is as follows:
    Africa 9, Americas 32 (U.S.A. 11), Asia 10, Europe 55 (Italy 19), Oceania 1
    Africa 8 countries, Americas 14, Asia 7, Europe 21, Oceania 1 — 51 countries in total
    Italy 19, U.S.A 11, France 6, Spain 5, Germany 5, Brazil 4, Mexico 4, Poland 3, India 3 & Canada 2

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