There are a lot of threads popping up with people's predictions on who will be the next pope. I thought it would be nice to have, inaddition to
those, one basic thread for reference. If you have a prediction, post it here and we can see who got it correct.
(if this belongs elsewhere ..
mods please move). I had wanted to do a point-bet thread for this .. but that seems to have not gone anywhere ....
My short list -
1 - Cardinal Angelo Scola .. age 71 ... From Milan.
2 - Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone .. age 78 ... Vatican Secretary of State
3 - Cardinal Agostino Vallini .. age 72 ... Vicar of Rome.
And the name ... Pope Pius XIII.
(although Cardinal Scola could surprise us with John Paul III or Paul VII)
The average age of a pope at election is in the mid 60's, so my picks are a bit older.
The average time a pope is in office is about 10 years.
Pope Benedict promoted a lot of Italian cardinals. I believe he has purposely stacked the deck to bring in an Italian pope next. And since the pope
is the Bishop of Rome, most Romans want an Italian Bishop.
In refernece to the name 'peter' in the famous prophecy ... the name 'peter' doesn't matter. All popes stand in Peter's shoes and all are sometimes
referred to as 'peter' or 'in the shoes of peter' or 'in the fishermans shoes' .. and all sit on the Chair of Peter. So having to fill the name
'peter' doesn't matter.
Cardinal Scola is like Pope John Paul II. Bertone is already running things. He is the Secretary of State and he's kind of following Ratzinger (pope
Benedicts) footsteps. Cardinal Vallini is well liked by the cardinals and is Vicar of Rome.
The voting will be based on politics .. not popularity back home. The voting doesn't come from the bottom up but instead comes from the top down. It
is based on the mood of the cardinals ... traditional and conservative ... or seeing need for change ...
FlyersFans Quick Guide to Papal Politics
edit on 2/16/2013 by FlyersFan because: typo