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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI In Retirement - The Search For A Successor Is Imminent

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A New Pope Could Be Elected As Early As Next Week
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A New Pope Could Be Elected As Early As Next Week

  • Mar 6, 2013

On Thursday, February 28, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI vacated the papacy. According to Church rules:

"When the Roman See is vacant, or completely impeded, no innovation is to be made in the

governance of the universal Church."


In his resignation, the Pope referred to his health issues and opened the door for the College of Cardinals to put in

place a younger man. Traditionally, papal successors have not been clones of the predecessor, as witnessed by

Pope John Paul II.


The College of Cardinals (members under 80 years old) will convene sometime within the next weeks to name a successor. Pope Benedict XVI could have some influence in the voting since he has appointed many of the

younger members. The Conclave could vote on the basis of familiarity with Church Administration and select 

Angelo Cardinal Sodano, Patriarch of Venice (at 85) or Angelo Scola at (71). Other youthful members of the

College of Cardinals include Josip Cardinal Bozanic of Zagreb (at 63), Oscar Andres Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiega

of Tegucigalpa ( at 70), Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York ( at 61) or Marc Cardinal Ouellet (at 68) of Canada.

Another possibility is in the selection of Christoph Schönborn (at 68) , Archbishop of Vienna, a plausible European

candidate and proponent of the New Evangelization as is Marc Cardinal Ouellet and others.


The Conclave could focus on an American candidate; such as, Timothy Cardinal Dolan (age 63) with experience

in important pastoral issues in both rural and inner city America. If an American choice cannot emerge in the

Conclave, then the assembly could select a candidate like Marc Cardinal Ouellet of Canada or Oscar Andres Cardinal

Rodriguez Maradiega of Tegucigalpa.


The Conclave could select a cardinal from Africa as it did with Pope St. Miltiades or

Pope St. Gelasius centuries ago. Francis Cardinal Arinze (age 80) is a member of the

College of Cardinals from Africa. He has considerable familiarity with issues of the sacraments; however,

his advancing age could become a factor. Clearly, the Conclave must consider age as an issue because

stability and continuity of the Church is important during these times. In addition, some good candidates have

declined to be considered further for the papacy; such as, Giovanni Cardinal Columbo, Archbishop of Milan

in October, 1978. Just after his declination to be considered further,  Karol Wojtyła was elevated to the papacy

and became Pope John Paul II.


Within the next few weeks, the Conclave will convene again as it did in 2005 and 1978. If past history

is any indication, the new pope will have some prominent distinguishing characteristics from the previous one.

Credits: First Published on Blogcritics and now amended and updated thru March 5, 2013

A New Pope Could Be Elected As Early As Next Week

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March 07, 2013
I suspect the new pope may hail from South America.....Brazil perhaps? It is going to be a fascinating week.
March 07, 2013
The cardinals will meet and rank the criteria first. Then, they'll start talking about specific people and the qualities that are most highly sought.
March 06, 2013
Nice review. Would like to see a non-European for a change. However, I don't think Rome would allow it.
March 07, 2013
They could go with an older man just to let the dust settle on a number of controversies or the cardinals could put into place someone who could serve for decades into the future. There will be a lot of discussion on the Evangelical mission of the Church to teach the original message of Christ devoid of much of the dogma now contained in current Church teachings.
March 06, 2013
what do you think of the Pope's resignation?
March 06, 2013
I think that the Pope may have a serious underlying issue which is slowing him down at a time when his schedule is hectic. I think that he realized that it's time to hand over the Papacy to a younger person. That's a good decision for him and for the Church. It just doesn't make sense to serve until you are literally carried out. There are at least a dozen cardinals who could serve in the office right now and continue to do so for years to come. I've provided a host of names above.
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