Who will be pope? Catholics, Vatican watchers disagree

  • Article by: SUSAN HOGAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 10, 2013 - 5:54 PM

As Catholic cardinals prepare for Tuesday’s conclave to choose a pope, predictions run the gamut.

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owatonnabillMar. 11, 13 8:33 AM

Who will be Pope? Well, Vegas oddsmakers have the top three as Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Canada at 7/2, Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria at 4/1, and Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana at 4/1. Cardinal something-or-other from Brazil has been mentioned favorably too. But the eventual winner (if one can call him that) doesn't necessarily have to be a Cardinal. He doesn't even have to be a Priest, though he does have to be a "he". Theoretically any Catholic male could be elected. Very rare, though not without precedent.

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buttlesMar. 11, 1312:30 PM

A friend and I were discussing this and how we were taught in Catechism that the Holy Spirit inspires the Cardinals about who should be Pope so it is God that actually chooses. We agreed that, if this is true, the next Pope will be Sister Simone from "Nuns on the Bus".

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boris123Mar. 11, 13 6:10 PM

It is with deep regret of the US mainstream media, the next Pope will not be Obama.

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kafantarisMar. 11, 13 7:09 PM

Why not return the Church to the simple teachings of Christ that started it in the first place. Be humble. This is the best way to live as tooting our own horn never works. Pride is the cancer of the self that has wrecked the life of many a man. Share with others. After our living expenses are paid, why not share the rest with those less fortunate. We can't take it with us, and it will spoil our kids more if we leave it with them. Why not give it to those we deem worthy while we still have our faculties. Show tolerance. This is not only the hallmark of a learned man but also an experienced one. Nobody is all bad or all good. In between lies humanity, but we will never find it if we don't look there. After all, this is where Christ looked and found us. This is where the Church must look also to find its lost flock. Turn the other cheek. If we were wronged revenge won't make it right -- though it might briefly feel better. But the revenge will perpetuate the wrong, and from generation to generation. Why not fight the urge for revenge ourselves by turning the other cheek so it stops there and then with us. Above all, let’s love our strange, filthy, unworthy neighbor as we love ourselves. He could use our understanding and help, though he may not deserve it. He is our brother -- unconditionally -- and we are our brother's keeper. This is what Christ was about and these are the themes that shaped the Church way back in Constantinople. We should return to those themes to invigorate the Church, and in the process find and invigorate ourselves. As for the things that divide us, they should be cast aside -- not only because they have no place in modern society, but also because they never had a place in Christ's mind.

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