April 7, 2005

THE BRITS PICK THE POPE TOO?:

UK cardinal may hold key to papal election (Stephen Bates, April 7, 2005, The Guardian)

Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the cardinal who leads the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales, was emerging last night as a potential king-maker in the forthcoming conclave in the Vatican which will choose the next pope.

The 72-year-old English cardinal has been spotted as someone with close links to European and American church leaders and those in Latin America, who are expected to press hard for one of their number to be chosen. Affable, a fluent Italian speaker and widely respected, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor is thought likely to play a central role as candidates emerge.

He told a news conference yesterday at the English College seminary, which he used to head: "I meet a lot of colleagues when I come out to meetings in Rome. You cannot sit around a table with them for three or four days without knowing what they are like. Cardinals know each other much better than they did in the past. There would not be very many that I did not know."

His remarks came after the cardinals announced that the conclave - the meeting in the Sistine Chapel at which they will elect a new pope - will start on April 18.


Isn't picking the head of one church enough?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 7, 2005 12:00 AM
Comments

If everybody knows everybody, how does one guy become kingmaker?

Posted by: pj at April 7, 2005 4:27 AM

"Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the cardinal who leads the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales, was emerging last night as a potential king-maker in the forthcoming conclave..."

Hmmm, I thought God chose the Pope.

Posted by: Rick T. at April 7, 2005 9:51 AM

Reading the Guardian these days, I have to think of that Malcolm Muggeridge speech oj posted a few days ago.

"Hey, what's out line on the Pope?"
"Same as the Spice Girls, only more so."

Posted by: Randall Voth at April 7, 2005 10:59 AM

That was "our line", of course.

Posted by: Randall Voth at April 7, 2005 11:01 AM

Typical English parochialism. I really really doubt M-O'C has any influence at all in the election.

Jeez, he speaks Italian? Wow that makes him the popemaker for sure. And he knows the other Cardinals too.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 7, 2005 11:03 AM

Don't you listen to Lyndon LaRouche? The Queen of England controls The Conspiracy, so is it really a surpise that an English Cardinal would be in charge of the part that concerns the Papacy?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 7, 2005 12:09 PM

Where's that oil guy, Khashoggi, who's supposed to be within 3 degrees of everyone?

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 7, 2005 1:01 PM

This is really ironic. Pope John Paul II has the miracle that can make him a Saint: The future head of the Church of England has delayed his wedding in deference to the Bishop of Rome's funeral.

Posted by: Brooks at April 8, 2005 1:59 AM
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