Who will be Pope Benedict’ s replacement ?

pope benedict quitsTechnically, any male Catholic is eligible to be elected pope. But traditionally, the cardinals choose one of their own.

For the princes of the church — the cardinals — the sudden resignation of a pope can be more of a shock than the death of one. And it is they who now have to choose the next one.

According to retired American cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the church will now be looking for a new pope with a combination of the qualities it liked in the last two.

“I think they’ll be looking for someone who would have some of the wisdom of Pope Benedict and some of the charisma of Pope John Paul the second,” said Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

In the murky world of Vatican politics, no clear front-runner to replace Benedict has emerged.

The church has come to see its future more and more in the developing world, and it will have to decide whether its next leader should be from there.

From top left: Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Peter Turkson, Cardinal Angelo Scola, Cardinal Odilio Pedro Scherer (Getty Images)
From top left: Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Peter Turkson, Cardinal Angelo Scola, Cardinal Odilio Pedro Scherer (Getty Images)

Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana is a campaigner for social reform and is often cited as a leading African candidate. But the 64-year-old has already stumbled on the issue of the church’s relations with Islam and is seen as a risky choice.

The highest profile potential candidate from Latin America may be the 63-year-old Archbishop of Sao Paolo Brazil, Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer. But the church has yet to demonstrate it is ready for a South American pope, and he is thought to be a long shot.

There are long odds as well for Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York. But any American candidate would have to overcome the church’s traditional reluctance to elect a super-power pope.

If the church reverts to an Italian, Cardinal Angelo Scola, the 71-year-old Archbishop of Milan, is a popular figure, as is Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi. But each has drawbacks, as well.

But the choice will likely have more to do with the approach to the issues than to geography.

“It’s a complicated world the new Holy Father faces, as it was with the last Holy Fathers. But the complications do not ease up, they seem to multiply,” said McCarrick.

CBS News

  • 5thDrawer

    In a democratic process, the first problem is finding someone who is actually willing to run for the job.

    • AntiFSA1

      Sure he will be hand picked like every other leader in the free world. put in place to serve a purpose. Divide and concur.

      • 5thDrawer

        Well Anti … I guess Qabbani lives in a ‘non-free’ world then? I can’t remember the last Pope who got his fat ass fired for calling fatwas and refusing ‘godly’ burial rights on people who would allow a civil marriage, although RC’s would also prefer marriage in the church.

        • AntiFSA1

          I think Qabbani is an idiot anyway. So say what you will about him 5th, Makes no difference to me.

  • 5thDrawer

    In a democratic process, the first problem is finding someone who is actually willing to run for the job.

    • AntiFSA1

      Sure he will be hand picked like every other leader in the free world. put in place to serve a purpose. Divide and concur.

      • 5thDrawer

        Well Anti … I guess Qabbani lives in a ‘non-free’ world then? I can’t remember the last Pope who got his fat ass fired for calling fatwas and refusing ‘godly’ burial rights on people who would allow a civil marriage, although RC’s would also prefer marriage in the church.

        • AntiFSA1

          I think Qabbani is an idiot anyway. So say what you will about him 5th, Makes no difference to me.

  • AntiFSA1

    One corrupt pope leaves another enters. Maybe the new pope can do something that has never been done before by the Vatican, Actually give a S@@T about the poor and share the billions they have stashed away. After all isn’t that the Catholic or Christian way. Or do they forget that Jesus was a giving man who was poor and cared nothing for wealth. Shame on the Vatican and shame on all that follow them.

    • hariri assa3oudi

      Shame on you to insult God Jesus and his messenger The Pope peace be upon him; what if i did the same to your allah and his morally bankrupt messenger mohammad? Do you want me to issue a fatwa on you? Or call for jihad? Rouh ihtishim wa istihi 3ala toulak. Yilli baytou min izaz ma biyirmi al nass bil hijara

      • IraniAngel

        im sure the pope looks forward to the day he can abuse the little boys full time

        • 5thDrawer

          And who does it to the little girls? But goes furthur and forces them into marriages?

        • hariri assa3oudi

          i donno if you know who is zaher, the boyfriend of your prophet, a negro slave bought by your prophet mohammad salla 3alayhi allahou wa sallam; zaher, 12 years old when prophet mohammad bought him in souk oukaz. In sirat annabi, zaher felt a rod like structure in the bottom of his back, he looked behind him and saw the face of the great prophet of islam mohammad, salla allahou 3alayhi wa sallam….. guess what this rod like structure was! a stick? a cock? a penis? lol, hiha hiha hiha

        • hariri assa3oudi

          In hadith boukhari, prophet mohammad was asked what should we do with gays? mohammad answered: ” Oukhrojouhounna min bouyoutikoum” and hadith continues: Wa mohammad akhraja foulan, wa mouhammad akhraja 3iltan” hiha hiha hiha. What were foulan wa 3iltan doing in prophet mohammads house?

        • hariri assa3oudi

          in sirat annabi, prophet mohammad salla 3alayhi allahou wa sallam, says:” Ibna 3ammi hataka 3ardi” translated to englisi means: My cousin sodomised me” hiha hiha hiha

          i hope you got enough lesson for next time not to make fun of other peoples beliefs; again, i was spying on you for a long time; i think your are a salafi undercover working for hariri, whose purpose is to divide the lebanese people

          • IraniAngel

            the lebanese people dont need me to divide themselves. they are doing a hell of a job on their own

      • AntiFSA1

        Where in my blog did insult Jesus. LOL. You are mad. Oh and now the pope is gods messenger. Does he call him of an I Phone. LOL. I think you need to use something different That one was taken by Islam about 1400 years ago. Now go and give some money to the corrupt Vatican. Sure they can use a bit more.

  • AntiFSA1

    One corrupt pope leaves another enters. Maybe the new pope can do something that has never been done before by the Vatican, Actually give a S@@T about the poor and share the billions they have stashed away. After all isn’t that the Catholic or Christian way. Or do they forget that Jesus was a giving man who was poor and cared nothing for wealth. Shame on the Vatican and shame on all that follow them.

    • hariri assa3oudi

      Shame on you to insult God Jesus and his messenger The Pope peace be upon him; what if i did the same to your allah and his morally bankrupt messenger mohammad? Do you want me to issue a fatwa on you? Or call for jihad? Rouh ihtishim wa istihi 3ala toulak. Yilli baytou min izaz ma biyirmi al nass bil hijara

      • IraniAngel

        im sure the pope looks forward to the day he can abuse the little boys full time

        • 5thDrawer

          And who does it to the little girls? But goes furthur and forces them into marriages?

        • hariri assa3oudi

          i donno if you know who is zaher, the boyfriend of your prophet, a negro slave bought by your prophet mohammad salla 3alayhi allahou wa sallam; zaher, 12 years old when prophet mohammad bought him in souk oukaz. In sirat annabi, zaher felt a rod like structure in the bottom of his back, he looked behind him and saw the face of the great prophet of islam mohammad, salla allahou 3alayhi wa sallam….. guess what this rod like structure was! a stick? a cock? a penis? lol, hiha hiha hiha

        • hariri assa3oudi

          In hadith mouslim, prophet mohammad was asked what should we do with gays? mohammad answered: ” Oukhrojouhounna min bouyoutikoum” and hadith continues: Wa mohammad akhraja foulan, wa mouhammad akhraja 3iltan” hiha hiha hiha

        • hariri assa3oudi

          in sirat annabi, prophet mohammad salla 3alayhi allahou wa sallam, says:” Ibna 3ammi hataka 3ardi” translated to englisi means: My cousin sodomised me” hiha hiha hiha

          i hope you got enough lesson for next time not to make fun of other peoples beliefs; againi was spying on you for a long time; i think your are a salafi undercover working for hariri, whose purpose is to divide the lebanese people

          • IraniAngel

            the lebanese people dont need me to divide themselves. they are doing a hell of a job on their own

      • AntiFSA1

        Where in my blog did insult Jesus. LOL. You are mad. Oh and now the pope is gods messenger. Does he call him of an I Phone. LOL. I think you need to use something different That one was taken by Islam about 1400 years ago. Now go and give some money to the corrupt Vatican. Sure they can use a bit more.