Weather in Rome

Weather Icon

Temptation South American for the first non-European Pope

“Four years of Bergoglio would be enough to change things …” she whispers a cardinal longtime friend of the archbishop of Buenos Aires. Is the name of a cardinal who does not enter the roses “eligible candidates” these days, because of his age, that of settantaseienne Jesuit Jorge Mario Bergoglio, originally from Turin, archbishop of the capital of Argentina. The candidate with the third vote short conclave of 2005 obtained forty consensus resulting the most voted candidate after Ratzinger. In recent years its reputation has grown in the Latin American Church and even within the College of Cardinals. It is not excluded that it can still collect the votes, but it will certainly be one of the key figures are likely to have weight in general congregations and the conclave. In his diocese, for some time the Church is in the streets, squares, stations to evangelize and administer the sacraments.

“All the ordinary business of the Church is set for the mission – said Bergoglio talking evangelization – This implies a very strong tension between center and periphery, between the parish and the neighborhood. You must go out of ourselves, to go to the suburbs. You should avoid illness Church’s spiritual self: when it becomes, the Church is ill. It is true that going out on the street, as happens to every man and woman can happen accidents. But if the Church is closed in on itself, self-referential age. And in a Church bumpy hits the road, and a Church of sick self, I have no doubt in preferring the first. ”

On the occasion of the consistory of February 2012, celebrated in the middle of the storm vatileaks, Bergoglio had said that the “worst sin in the Church” is “the spiritual attitude of worldliness,” which also covers “careerism and research advancements» . He could look at those wishing a significant change of pace.
The possibility of electing a candidate from Latin America spoke Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, “In my opinion, it is time to look outside Italy and Europe, and in particular consider Latin America. ” I could address this direction even cardinals who were nuncios in those countries, as President of the Governorate Joseph Bertello and the prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches Leonardo Sandri. But curial navigated now retired as Giovanni Battista Re One of the names that is done most frequently is that of the Archbishop of Sao Paulo, Odilo Pedro Scherer, 63, a prelate who did not – and this may not cure him – character “Latin” and Brazilian. From 1994 to 2001 he was an official of the Congregation for Bishops. And today it is inserted in the commission of cardinals who oversee the IOR and the Economic and Financial Affairs of the Holy See. Another possible candidate dell’aerea geographical Latin America is the archbishop of Guadalajara, Mexico’s José Francisco Robles Ortega, 64 years. But the cardinal electors from Latin America would vote for their countryman? It is possible that some of them dirigano preferences to other candidates, such as the Canadian Marc Ouellet, who has lived for many years in South America.

As for the “eligible candidates” Europeans, in pourparler consolidate, in view of the first election, the positions of the Archbishop of Milan, Angelo Scola, 71, and Archbishop Peter Erdo of Budapest, 60.
A common feature that emerges is the desire for a change of course, primarily in the management of the Roman Curia, but not only. In which direction to implement it, will be the subject of discussions in the general congregations starting Monday. Next week will be crucial to know which Pope will leave the conclave.