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Turbulent, But Mainly Unnoticed, Times At The Vatican, Senior Cardinals, Sarah & Pell, Rebuked By Pope Plus More …

by Anura Guruge


With all of the turmoil around, not to mention the U.S. Presidential Election shenanigans, much is happening at the Vatican that is going unnoticed and uncommented.

True, in the global scheme of things, and especially in the context of all the machinations that have happened at the Vatican over two millennia, this is still ‘small potatoes’.
However, I feel obliged to bring it to your attention.

I am not sure WHAT Cardinal Robert Sarah was thinking? Did he think the Pope might not notice or let him get away with it?
Even if Francis didn’t notice, and that is possible, there would have been enough around him that noticed and cared.
This was pretty stupid on the part of Sarah.
What was he thinking?

Pell, at best, is on borrowed time.
He will probably be sent home soon.

But check out the SNIPPETS I include.

Google for more. A lot happening on the banks of the storied Tiber
(in addition to the routine retrieval of dead bodies).


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by Anura Guruge

Australian Cardinal George Pell’s Chances Of Being Next Pope, Always Slim, Just Went Out Of The Window.

by Anura Guruge


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Cardinal Pell’s papabile prospects were always tenuous. Though some considered him the leader of the true conservatives that opposed Pope Francis’ liberal leanings, he was, nonetheless, ironically to say the least, one of the pope’s trusted henchman! Pope Francis, no doubt, working on Abraham Lincoln’s and Pope John XXIII’s adage about: “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer”.

Irrespective, Pell, increasingly outspoken in his old age (and he is 74), was always a dubious papabile. To be pope he would have needed the vote of two thirds of the cardinal electors and that would have been a stretch. He might have been able, on a good day, get just over 50%.

But this late night testimony to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has done him no favors. He has come across as an uncaring, opportunistic career politician — just the kind of priest Pope Francis rails about! Well it is unlikely the cardinal electors will want somebody now so tarnished by the sex abuse stain.


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by Anura Guruge

Vatican ‘Vatileaks’ Mk. II — Two Arrested On Suspicion, One A Monsignor Who Is A Curialist.

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IF you have not noticed things are way out of control at the Vatican. No, it is NOT business as usual. This is outright internecine warfare. Pope Francis appears to revel in being an Agent provocateur. This crazy. Great for me. More grist to the proverbial mill but I feel bad for devout Catholics. The ground is shifting under them.


Cardinal George Pell’s Criticism Of Benedict’s Resignation Will Impede His Chances Of Being Next Pope.

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It will NOT be the criticism of a pope, in this instance Benedict XVI, that will hurt his papabile credentials.

What will hurt his chances of being the Next Pope is WHAT he criticized Benedict for — i.e., that he was RESIGNING, which he did not think was appropriate. To be fair I agree with Pell on this. Pope should NOT resign. They should soldier on, despite any and all adversity, as did John Paul II

So what is the problem?

The problem is that Pell has, with his criticism, indicated that there is NO CHANCE that he would resign — IF he were to become pope.

So, if Pell becomes pope he would stay pope till the end, as have so, so many other popes.

There are two ways that we could be in need of a NEW pope.

1/ Pope Francis, as he has intimidated many times, exploiting Benedict’s recent precedent, retires soon after he turns 80 — on December 17, 2016.

2/ Something happens to Pope Francis.

In the retirement scenario, George Pell will be 75.6 years old at the time of the conclave.

IF something happens to Francis prior to his 80th birthday, George Pell will be younger than 75.6.

A man that looks as robust as Pell could easily live into his mid-80s if not longer.

That means that if elected when he is 75, Pell could be pope for 10 years or more — GIVEN that he will not resign.

And that is the problem.

Today’s cardinals do not appear to want another long pontificate. Since John Paul II they have only elected popes that are older than 75.

So something to think about.


Will Australian Cardinal George Pell Be The Next Pope — After Francis?

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Cardinal George Pell.

One way or another, just going on what Pope Francis himself has repeatedly said about his ‘2 to 3 year life span’ and the possibility of him retiring (à la Benedict XVI), I have a distinct feeling that we will have a new pope, post Francis, in the next 18 months.

So, it falls upon me, as “Mr. Next Pope“, to start working on this again, though I had hoped for a longer break.

Australian Cardinal George Pell (74 years in age), though controversial in his own right (for his handling of sex abuse in Australia and being outspoken about both Benedict & Francis), is now seen, increasingly, as the ‘Leader of the Opposition’ — though ironically, Francis has also given him significant power (over Vatican budgets and finances) as a ‘trusted’ member of his ‘inner cabinet’.

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Cardinal Carlo Caffarra.

My initial druthers had been that AFTER the Francis experiment, which has NOT worked out that well, that the cardinals will become even more introspective, batten down the Vatican hatches and decide to go back to the ‘ways of the old’ — i.e., an European pope, if NOT an Italian pope. Basically avoid another EXOTIC. And Pell, from Oceania (as the Vatican characterizes that part of the Pacific), is definitely an EXOTIC. But he does seems to have a following as exemplified by this recent letter of ‘no-confidence’ to Francis signed by 13 other cardinals.  13 cardinals is 66 votes short of the 2/3 majority that Pell would need to be elected pope. That is a fair chunk of cardinals that have to get behind him. But what is fascinating about the list of 13 is that it includes INFLUENTIAL names from all continents, and some with real clout, e.g., New York’s Dolan, Canada’s Collins, South Africa’s Fox Napier, Europe’s Müller. These folks can definitely rustle up votes from their colleagues.

At 74 Pell is YOUNG. The trend is towards OLDER, i.e., past 75, popes in the hope they don’t rule for decades and decades now that life expectancies are long.

I see that , in their infamous ‘Next Pope’ betting, has my 2013 #1 papabile, Canada’s Marc Ouellet at #2. But Marc is even younger! Philippines’ Tagle is but a wet dream. Not for another 20 years.

Here is a name to think about, 77 year old Italian Carlo Caffarra. His conservative credentials are impeccable.