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Experts: Top 5 picks
for the next pope

USA Today, by Cathy Lynn Grossman

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Posted By:StormCnter, 2/11/2013 10:15:10 AM

Three expert Vatican watchers list some of their leading papabile — Italian for cardinals who might be elected as the next pope. In alphabetical order: Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa, made headlines last year for a ripping attack on then-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and other Italian leaders as unethical role models. He´s "fairly savvy about both secular politics and the media," writes National Catholic Reporter Vatican specialist John Allen. Church historian Matthew Bunson, calls Bagnasco, 69, former professor of metaphysics and contemporary atheism "an intellectual heavyweight" who speaks multiple languages, and takes strong stands on doctrine.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: NancyD, 2/11/2013 10:22:52 AM     (No. 9170014)

As a lifelong Catholic, I would like to see the next Pope be very outspoken and a strong leader and not afraid to speak the truth even if it goes against the special interest groups and hold firm.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: AltaD, 2/11/2013 10:25:18 AM     (No. 9170017)

How accurate were the "experts" in naming the most recent Popes?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: tisHImself, 2/11/2013 10:25:39 AM     (No. 9170018)

Look to Ghana

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 2/11/2013 10:27:34 AM     (No. 9170025)

Lamborghini Lasagna would be my pick.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Safari Man, 2/11/2013 10:41:23 AM     (No. 9170058)

I understand they are looking for a black pope. We have a "pope´s nose" I´d like to nominate.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: drive, 2/11/2013 10:44:56 AM     (No. 9170062)

the last six popes picked were never the ones in the lead. It´s the Holy Spirit that picks him not the media

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Reply 7 - Posted by: tisHimself, 2/11/2013 10:49:33 AM     (No. 9170070)

Those who have an idea do not share; those who share have no idea.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: rollingcow, 2/11/2013 10:55:24 AM     (No. 9170076)

Amen, #6. Even before I became a Catholic I knew that God picked the right man for the job. I get a little tired of the media thinking this is like a Presidential election.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: AntiStatist, 2/11/2013 10:59:16 AM     (No. 9170083)

The Obama ego expects to be consulted on the pick, so I´ll go with his probable choice- Michael Pfleger.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Muncssister, 2/11/2013 11:09:32 AM     (No. 9170101)

Lol #9 you know Mooch, Stinky, Nancy, and Uncle Joe are poppin some cris tonight! I have no doubt they will find some way to insert themselves into this news today. Any bets on when the White House issues a statement?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: lana720, 2/11/2013 11:09:49 AM     (No. 9170102)

Totally agree #1.
I think the One, Holy, Catholic Church´s Cardinals will not bend to a PC choice and choose a very strong and holy man to lead us.
The choice is done prayerfully, away from public scrutiny and input.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Rather Read, 2/11/2013 11:09:58 AM     (No. 9170103)

Dolan, Dolan, Dolan!!! But I know we´ll probably be very surprised. And I know the media are sharpening their knives as we speak.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Kingbubo, 2/11/2013 11:24:33 AM     (No. 9170128)

They should make a bold pick and select a non-catholic. People are trying to get the church to ignore what they beleive, so this step would be necessary.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: RayLRiv, 2/11/2013 11:24:37 AM     (No. 9170129)

I was kidding around with my coworkers and decided (for the fun of it) to see if Vegas bookmakers were actually taking bets on who the next Pope will be.

I Googled it and (sadly) it IS true - Vegas bookies ARE taking bets on this.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Halfvast Conspirator, 2/11/2013 11:35:37 AM     (No. 9170142)

Obama is pushing them to elect a gay or lesbian

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 2/11/2013 11:40:13 AM     (No. 9170146)

The college of cardinals aren´t low information voters doing what the western media tells them is cool. They are serious men who first pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance and who then take a sacred oath while standing before Michelangelo´s fresco of the Last Judgment that the name on their ballot is that of the man they believe is best suited to be the next pope.


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Reply 17 - Posted by: Illinois Mom, 2/11/2013 11:47:22 AM     (No. 9170161)

I would not look to the National Catholic Reporter for any credible insight.

No one can predict where The Holy Spirit will take the College of Cardinals.

A son of Africa is a distinct possibility.


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Reply 18 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 2/11/2013 11:47:31 AM     (No. 9170162)

In the spirit of ecumenism I would recommend a female Muslim lesbian left handed jazz bass player.

Or....Dolan would be good.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 2/11/2013 11:48:27 AM     (No. 9170166)

The Pope doesn´t have to be a clergyman.

I think Bob "Pumpkin Head" Menendez should be available around the time of the next papal election. The Church would do well to give him serious consideration. He certainly has the international connections - - and according to his own account, he´s as pure as the driven snow.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: LamontCranston, 2/11/2013 12:19:03 PM     (No. 9170204)

Isn´t the next Pope supposed to be the "last" pope according to the Prophesy of Saint Mulachy? The College of Cardinals seems to have been referring to that document when making their last few selections.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: udanja99, 2/11/2013 12:21:15 PM     (No. 9170209)

As a Catholic, I don´t care who it is as long as he´s conservative and not afraid to say and do what needs to be said and done.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Judith, 2/11/2013 12:46:41 PM     (No. 9170255)

I noticed the priest on fox news is hopeful that, as he described them, conservative cardinals will elect a progressive Pope.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: mythman, 2/11/2013 12:56:06 PM     (No. 9170276)

Bernard Cardinal Law. I hear his Italian has gotten pretty good in the last 15 years.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: revdeppisch316, 2/11/2013 1:13:15 PM     (No. 9170304)

As a former catholic andnow Protestand (Reformed) pastor-- I would hope they would find someone to just follow the Bible!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: pc1eszm, 2/11/2013 1:51:03 PM     (No. 9170398)

I was thinking the same thing, #14. Sad to see it´s true but I´m not surprised.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: controlfreak, 2/11/2013 2:57:43 PM     (No. 9170538)

Please, if we have a black pope next, let him be a very holy man and not one chosen for political correctness.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Japanorama, 2/11/2013 3:46:57 PM     (No. 9170638)

Sorry, cardinals, I don´t have time for the job. I´d rather surf the Web.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: TexaTucky, 2/11/2013 4:37:57 PM     (No. 9170738)

Heh, heh . . . you mean the real one that included the Septuagint and was good enough for the Church Fathers and all Christianity up until 1517 . . . or the one someone decided to remove several books from (and amend a coupla others)?

If the latter is implied, then should good Christians really be following what´s written in the New Testament since, of the three hundred and fifty Old Testament quotations made by the Apostles and other writers therein, about three hundred are taken from the Septuagint?

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Reply 29 - Posted by: TexaTucky, 2/11/2013 4:38:47 PM     (No. 9170743)

That was to the Rev at #24.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Moritz55, 2/12/2013 12:33:27 AM     (No. 9171280)

#28, take a look at Luther´s translation of the Bible. You might be surprised to see what books are included. And the translation came after 1517.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: LaVallette, 2/12/2013 5:57:04 AM     (No. 9171393)



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Reply 32 - Posted by: LaVallette, 2/12/2013 5:58:55 AM     (No. 9171397)

A very old saying: He who goes into a conclave as a "papabile", invariably comes out as a cardinal.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: fairplay, 2/14/2013 5:00:33 PM     (No. 9176784)

My guess, Cardinal Agostino Villani.

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