This morning, the National Catholic Reporter posted on their website a story by John Allen about the “buzz” amongst the Italian press about Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM CAP, Archbishop of Boston. The Italian media is hinting that an American being elected as the new Pope is not beyond the realm of possibility, and that Cardinal O’Malley may be a strong candidate. The story was picked up by the local Boston media, like WCVB, and by the national media.
As much as I admire and respect Cardinal Sean, I think the possibility of him being elected as Pope is remote. John outlines in his article, the points that would not be in the Cardinal’s favor. And to be honest, as much as I would really think it would neat to have a Boston man as Pope, he is needed here in Massachusetts. The Archdiocese is about to begin a process of reorganizing it’s parishes into collaboratives. It is a process that will be taking many Boston Catholics into uncharted waters. There will be anxiety, there will be uncertainty, as parish members will be struggling to re-configure themselves into a new type of community. We will be looking to the Archbishop, Cardinal Sean, to be there for us, guiding us, and encouraging us. So I am glad that the Cardinal has a round trip airline ticket.