The Italian press has been very interested in Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM CAP, Archbishop of Boston, as a viable papal candidate. It was John Allen of National Catholic Reporter who brought this to our attention on this side of the pond. The national networks then picked up the story and ran with it.
Things have quieted down, now that Pope Emeritus Benedict is safely ensconced in Castel Gandolfo. The cardinals have yet to have their first meeting as a body, to set the date for the conclave. Now while I was browsing through NCR’s website, what caught my eye was the picture of Cardinal Sean on the homepage. The story was about his address at the 2013 National Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, in Washington DC. Most of the posting was about the participants at the gathering, and covering the main points of his address. Now I find it curious that on the week Cardinal Sean is in Rome with his fellow cardinals, to plan the election of the next Pope, NCR posts a story about the Cardinal speaking about Christian discipleship, missionary work, and social justice! Just a coincidence or an attempt by NCR to influence the conclave? Hmmmm?