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April 03, 2005

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radek

Yeah, I'm not religious either, but it is sad and he always seemed like a decent guy. I rember seeing him when I was a kid on his first visit to Poland (before the assasination, hence before the famous Popemobile).

Abiola Lapite

Well, let's just hope they don't elect yet another mediocre Italian to replace him. 455 years of Italians following each other in the Vatican didn't do the place any good.

Michael Stastny

NPR has a list of potential successors to pope John Paul II: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4570955

Die Presse (http://www.diepresse.at) has a nice picture gallery of potential successors (see: Papstamt: Mögliche Nachfolger, right bar).

Jim

Acouple of months ago there was a little op/ed in the NYT by an Italian to the effect that he hoped the next Pope would be Italian, because the Papacy was that Italy had left of the Roamn Empire - certainly the single most damning thing a person can say about the Church.

For a few years the name you most often heard as a succesor was Arinze, but he hasn't seemed to get much mention in the last few days, probably a good sign. All the front-runners are just a screening force for the man they will eventually choose.

Abiola Lapite

"certainly the single most damning thing a person can say about the Church"

Yes, the Italian sense of proprietorship over the post of "Pontifex Maximus" really is telling.

Jim

Well, I can understand why people in Rome might reasonably expect that the Bishop of Rome might at least be an Italian. What is astonishing is the implied comparison of the Church with the Empire. It has been said that it is not the fall of the Roman Empire that needs to be explained, but the fact that it survived at all. The Italians have yet to show much talent for running governments, and it's going on 2,500 years now.

Andrew

"Well, I can understand why people in Rome might reasonably expect that the Bishop of Rome might at least be an Italian."

Yea.. a non-Italian Bishop of Rome would be like someone not from Washington, DC having plenary power over Washington DC! ...oh, wait.

Jim

"Yea.. a non-Italian Bishop of Rome would be like someone not from Washington, DC having plenary power over Washington DC! ...oh, wait."

Well, more like a mayor, or well, a bishop. Mussolini winkled most of Rome out from under the Pope's plenary power.

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