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Pope Replacement: Angelo Scola Seen As Next Pope Front-Runner

Who will be the next pope?

There are 115 cardinal electors who will vote in this conclave, and they almost always elect one of their own.

It has be argued by some progressive pundits that the next pope should be a woman … but women aren’t allowed to be cardinals, so this point is immediately lost.

Bookmakers Paddy Power had drawn up a list of contenders to replace Benedict XVI. According to them the favorite is Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana (9/4) and Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Canada next at 5/2.

Still, others point to Italian cardinals taking the helm. Though many dream of an African or North American pope, the likeliest candidates are European.

Global Vatican watchers have tipped Milan Cardinal Angelo Scola as favorite to succeed Benedict. I guess yet another Italian pope is just what the Catholic Church needs. 

Scola was named the Archbishop of Milan in 2011, a prominent post in the Roman Catholic church.

"If we had to pick a front-runner, it's him," said Matthew Bunson, general editor of the Catholic Almanac and author of We Have a Pope! Benedict XVI, to USA Today. "He first is a brilliant theologian and has the intellectual heft to be pope, which is crucial. He has the clear favor of Pope Benedict.”

Helen Alvaré, a professor of law at George Mason University and an advisor to Pope Benedict XVI's Pontifical Council for the Laity, agreed that Scola will be considered papabili — an Italian word for someone highly qualified for the papacy.


Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Leader Of U.S. Catholics, Reacts to Benedict XVI Resignation

Reaction to the Pope’s resignation announcement in the United States has started. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, leader of the United States Council of Catholic Bishops, issued this initial statement moments after learning of His Holiness’s resignation:

Statement of Cardinal Timothy Dolan

The Holy Father brought the tender heart of a pastor, the incisive mind of a scholar and the confidence of a soul united with His God in all he did. His resignation is but another sign of his great care for the Church. We are sad that he will be resigning but grateful for his eight years of selfless leadership as successor of St. Peter.

Though 78 when he elected pope in 2005, he set out to meet his people – and they were of all faiths – all over the world. He visited the religiously threatened – Jews, Muslims and Christians in the war-torn Middle East, the desperately poor in Africa, and the world’s youth gathered to meet him in Australia, Germany, Spain and Brazil.

He delighted our beloved United States of America when he visited Washington and New York in 2008. As a favored statesman he greeted notables at the White House. As a spiritual leader he led the Catholic community in prayer at Nationals Park, Yankee Stadium and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. As a pastor feeling pain in a stirring, private meeting at the Vatican nunciature in Washington, he brought a listening heart to victims of sexual abuse by clerics.

Pope Benedict often cited the significance of eternal truths and he warned of a dictatorship of relativism. Some values, such as human life, stand out above all others, he taught again and again. It is a message for eternity.

He unified Catholics and reached out to schismatic groups in hopes of drawing them back to the church. More unites us than divides us, he said by word and deed. That message is for eternity.

He spoke for the world’s poor when he visited them and wrote of equality among nations in his peace messages and encyclicals. He pleaded for a more equitable share of world resources and for a respect for God’s creation in nature.

Those who met him, heard him speak and read his clear, profound writings found themselves moved and changed. In all he said and did he urged people everywhere to know and have a personal encounter with Jesus Christ.

The occasion of his resignation stands as an important moment in our lives as citizens of the world. Our experience impels us to thank God for the gift of Pope Benedict. Our hope impels us to pray that the College of Cardinals under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit choose a worthy successor to meet the challenges present in today’s world.

Cardinal Angelo Scola Tipped As the Favorite to Succeed Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will resign on February 28.

The first resignation of a Pope in 600 years will no doubt have reverberations across the Catholic Church, and speculation of who will be his successor is already surging. A frontrunner for the highest Catholic position, though, may be someone in the Vatican's own backyard.

Global Vatican watchers have tipped Milan Cardinal Angelo Scola as favorite to succeed Benedict.

I guess yet another Italian pope is just what the Catholic Church needs. 

Pope Benedict XVI's successor will be named in March, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said Monday after the pope's shock announcement he was quitting February 28, ANSA reported.

"There will be a new pope in March" Father Lombardi said.

So who who is Scola.

1. After the death of Pope John Paul II in 2005, Scola was considered to be among the papabili in the 2005 papal conclaveSr?a Trifkovi? supported him vigorously in Chronicles because he saw him as the only man who might reverse what Vatican insiders see as the decay of European culture. The conclave elected Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI.

2. Scola is the author of numerous theological and pedagogical works on topics such as bio-medical ethics, theological anthropology, human sexuality and marriage and the family, which have been translated into several different languages. In addition, he is the author of more than 120 articles published in scholarly journals of philosophy and theology.

3. He founded the Studium Generale Marcianum, an academic institute, and the journal Oasis, published in Italian, English, French, Arabic and Urdu as an outreach to Christians in the Muslim world.

Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana and Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras are also in the frame, the world media said.


Peter Turkson, Marc Ouellet, and Francis Arinze Top Pope Contenders, According to Betting Site

Bookmakers Paddy Power have drawn up a list of contenders to replace Benedict XVI.

According to them the favourite is Cardinal Peter Turkson (9/4), with Cardinal Marc Ouellet next at 5/2 and Francis Arinze at 7/2.

Here is their full list:

9/4 Cardinal Peter Turkson

5/2 Cardinal Marc Ouellet

7/2 Cardinal Francis Arinze

7/1 Archbishop Angelo Scola

10/1 Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga

12/1 Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

14/1 Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco

16/1 Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio

20/1 Cardinal Leonardo Sandri

25/1 Cardinal Raymond Burke

25/1 Cardinal Cladio Hummes

25/1 Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi

25/1 Cardinal Christoph von Schonborn

33/1 Cardinal Wilfrid Napier

33/1 Cardinal William Levada

33/1 Cardinal Camillo Ruini

33/1 Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera

33/1 Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa

33/1 Cardinal Renato Martino

33/1 Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith

33/1 Archbishop Piero Marini

33/1 Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera

33/1 Cardinal Keith O’Brien (leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland)


Who Will Be the Next Pope? He Won't Come From the U.S.

Who will be the next pope? 

Contenders to be Pope Benedict XVI's successor include Cardinal Angelo Scola, archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, the archbishop of Vienna, and Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Canadian head of the Vatican's office for bishops.

Longshots include Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. Although Dolan is popular and backs the pope's conservative line, the general thinking is that the Catholic Church doesn't need a pope from a "superpower."

The next pope could be a historic pick, coming from a unprecedented background. Some analysts argue that the Catholic Church should pick a New World pope (from Africa,  South America, or North America) to stay relevant and reaffirm the Church's global power. A European pope would fail to do that. 

Bookmaker Paddy Power is now taking bets on who will be the next pope, and Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana is an early favorite to replace the 85-year-old pope, at odds 9/4.

All cardinals under age 80 are allowed to vote in the conclave, the secret meeting held in the Sistine Chapel where cardinals cast ballots to elect a new pope. As per tradition, the ballots are burned after each voting round; black smoke that snakes out of the chimney means no pope has been chosen, while white smoke means a pope has been elected.

Popes are allowed to resign; church law specifies only that the resignation be "freely made and properly manifested."


Cardinal Marc Ouellet the Next Pope? Ouellet Gathers Momentum in Rome

One book, The Next Pope 2011, argues that Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Canada could be the next pope.

Marc Ouellet, of Quebec is the present prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and concurrently president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI in June 2010. Previously, he was archbishop of Quebec, and thus primate of Canada. He was elevated to the cardinalate, by Pope John Paul II, in October 2003.

It is speculated that the Vatican will pick a New World, rather than an Old World, pope to follow Benedict.


Peter Turkson Of Ghana the Favorite to Be Next Pope

Bookmaker Paddy Power is now taking bets on who will be the next pope, and Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana is an early favorite to replace the 85-year-old pope, at odds 9/4.

The next pope may be a historic pick, coming from a unprecedented background. Some analysts argue that the Catholic Church should pick a New World pope (from Africa,  South America, or North America) to stay relevant and reaffirm the Church's global power. A European pope would fail to do that. 

Still, nobody knows who will replace the pope, as this move came as a complete surprise to all. Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, in a first reaction, said, "I'm greatly shaken by this unexpected news."

This is the first pope to resign in centuries. 

The papacy will be vacant until a successor is chosen. Normally, a pope dies while serving in office. 

Pope Benedict announced his decision during a meeting of Vatican cardinals, in Latin.

"After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," he said.

The pope also said, "In order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognise my incapacity to adequately fulfil the ministry entrusted to me."

Editor of the Telegraph Blogs, Damian Thompson, paid tribute to Benedict XVI in a blog post, saying that although Catholics will be deeply shocked and, in most cases, dismayed by this decision, this is "An act of self-sacrifice by a man not prepared to see the Church suffer as a result of his increasing frailty."

The next pope will be expected to reaffirm the strength of the Catholic Church across the world.

Papal influence on macro-level politics began its decline when the first regents in medieval Europe stood in opposition to the will of the Holy See during the reformation, and continued its decline until the Papal States fell in 1870. While some leaders today still hold respect and swear fealty to the pope, even the most ardently Catholic politician in a democratic country would likely choose to follow the prescriptions of their electorate over those of the pope. Excommunication is no longer the ultimate punishment that a leader can face, and popes in the modern age issue “advice” and “guidance” to leaders, as opposed to the “edicts” and “commands” of old.

Even on a micro-level, the reformation had a strongly negative impact on papal authority. As viable alternatives to the Catholic Church became available, the pope’s political influence waned among the people. With the tide of scientific advance and the liberalization of information, the church has seen its role in the lives of its own adherents wither further. Sex abuse scandals and controversy over the church’s antiquated views on homosexuality, contraception, and the role of women (among others) have largely discredited the church and made ecumenical opinion less relevant in the minds of the average Catholic. The concepts of infallibility and divine authority are increasingly less accepted by a public that has been brought up with deeply ingrained ideas of democratic choice, rational examination, and human equality.


Who Will Replace Pope Benedict XVI? LIVE Updates

Pope Benedict XVI said on Monday that he will resign on Feb. 28, citing poor health.

He is the first pope in 600 years  to resign.

Pope Benedict, the former German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger who took office in 2005 following the death of his predecessor, said on Monday in Rome that after examining his conscience “before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are longer suited to an adequate exercise” of his position as head of the world’s Roman Catholics.

The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals on Sunday. The decision was confirmed by the Vatican on Monday.

The announcement is certain to plunge the Roman Catholic world into frenzied speculation about Benedict’s likely successor s.

In a statement in several languages, the pope said his “strength of mind and body” had “deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”

Benedict XVI is the 265th Pope, a position in which he serves dual roles as Sovereign of the Vatican City State and leader of the Catholic Church. As Pope, he is regarded as the successor of Saint Peter the Apostle.

The last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII, who stepped down in 1415 in a deal to end the Great Western Schism among competing papal claimants.

Benedict called his choice "a decision of great importance for the life of the church."

Benedict's resignation sets the stage for the Vatican to hold a conclave to elect a new pope by mid-March, since the traditional mourning time that would follow the death of a pope doesn't have to be observed.

There are several papal contenders, but no obvious front-runner — the same situation when Benedict was elected pontiff in 2005 after the death of Pope John Paul II. It has been speculated that the Church wants to elect a pope that is more non-traditional this time around, possibly picking a cardinal from a nation which has never held the position. Possibilities can include and African, South American, or U.S. cardinal. 

It is rumored Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana is the favorite.