Electing The Next Pope

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

David Gibson, national reporter for Religion News Service, describes the scene in Rome as the Papal Conclave convenes to determine Pope Benedict XVI's successor -- and the odds of local favorite Cardinal Timothy Dolan.


David Gibson

Comments [24]

james andrea from Brick, NJ

Benedict retired not due to his health but in the old Roman tradition of falling on one's sword, doing institutional damage control...

Mar. 13 2013 01:38 PM
Elaine from Queens

Some balance is needed among all these comments. I recommend the commentary of Dr. Edward Mulholland:

Mar. 12 2013 01:23 PM
Inquisigal from Brooklyn

The amount of hype given to this event is almost offensive to me. The media seems to ignore how disallusioned and disengaged most Catholics have become in the developed world. As an ex-Catholic, I could never, ever consider this religion (or any other) valid until women and gay people are given equal opportunity to lead worship services, and mandatory celibacy is abolished.

Mar. 12 2013 11:30 AM
Bonn from East Village

I just finished watching Season 1 of The Borgias. Some things have changed, but others haven't. During this period, Pope Alexander VI (Borgia) had four kids, all "legitimized" by papal decree with one mistress. He had other kids, too. A lot of the cardinals had the same. My friend in Spain taught English to a priest and his acknowledged girlfriend. Allow the priests to marry.I would also like to see the Church give back a lot of their stolen lands and riches and redistribute them to poor people. Also, read "Galileo's Daughter," what the church did to this amazing scientist and others. At least they didn't burn him at the stake for advocating a solar-centric world.

Mar. 12 2013 11:26 AM
Robert from NYC

You let's call it as it is, Ratzinger is a failure, he failed as pope and frankly he should have removed himself from the running back in 2005 conclave. What did he expect? He lived and worked in the Vatican most of his life and knew the situation there 100%. His age was a problem and right from the beginning he looked tired and ill and unhappy. These guys dwell in misery and live a life of penance as if just being alive is a sin and some believe that. They can't wait to die and be reborn into heaven with christ. Blagh!

Mar. 12 2013 11:24 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

Christ would definitely not support the Catholic Church.

Mar. 12 2013 11:23 AM
The Truth from Becky

WOW - there will NEVER be a woman Pope in our Lifetime - strong statement

Mar. 12 2013 11:23 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Does caller Amy know that Dolan is accused of covering up for or nto aggressively pursuing sex abusers?

Mar. 12 2013 11:19 AM
Dennis Maher from Lake Luzerne

Fr. Guido Sarducci for Pope!

Mar. 12 2013 11:18 AM

maybe a jewish pope would be nice

Mar. 12 2013 11:17 AM
Lynn Sikora

I would like to see the Catholic Church modernize, and leave the Middle Ages behind. Many of the dictates are from the Church itself, and have no basis in dogma.

Mar. 12 2013 11:16 AM
Robert Brett Curtiss from Elkins Park, PA

I am not a Catholic. I am a Jew. I don't believe one has to be an active Catholic to care about who is the next Pope. There are many secular issues on which the Pope has significant influence: AIDS and birth control (esp. in Africa); the church's attitude towards secular authority vis-a-vis child abuse; social justice and the Pope's relationship to liberation theology. The list goes on.

Mar. 12 2013 11:16 AM
Robert from NYC

Bob from Brooklyn makes some good points that I agree with... not all but some especially on Dolan.

Mar. 12 2013 11:16 AM
Robert from NYC

Look, Scola was moved from Venice to Milan, a very rare kind of move and this could be a maneuver to get him into the Vatican to sweep out the dust, since as the Venetian Patriarch there is a kind of "stain" since John XIII and JP I were from Venice and considered troublemaking "liberals". So moving him to Milan removes that "stain". But he probably IS the Italian who can clean up an "Italian Problem" in the curia.

Mar. 12 2013 11:14 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

Why the hell should we care about an infallible monarchy full of 'virgins'?

Mar. 12 2013 11:13 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

I'm a Catholic that Cares. I want to see the Vatican dissolved and tax exempt status here in the US revoked.

Mar. 12 2013 11:11 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

The Vatican is the enemy.

Mar. 12 2013 11:10 AM
Bob from Brooklyn


Tina Turner 4 Pope

Mar. 12 2013 11:09 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

Cardinal Dolan should be brought up on conspiracy charges.

Mar. 12 2013 11:08 AM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

BL - You make it sound like a modern ThunderDome - 115 men enter, 1 Pope leaves.

Mar. 12 2013 11:08 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

The Vatican is a palace for the wicked.

Mar. 12 2013 11:07 AM
Robert from NYC

It was so refreshing not to see this story here on the BLS but here it is, yuk. Who cares who the next pope is, catholics? You only make people important if you pay attention to them. If you ignore them (yet keep an eye open) you make them impotent.

Mar. 12 2013 11:06 AM
fuva from harlemworld

2000+ years of European popes? Will the hordes of non-white Catholics try to pathetically justify this?

Mar. 12 2013 11:05 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

The Cardinals are about to go behind the Green Door for a little private time. wink wink

Mar. 12 2013 11:00 AM

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