Since I am the Badger Catholic, it is my duty to provide fuel to the fire particualry when it comes to speculation on Wisconsin born papal appointments. First, we know that if any American were being considered, the only one on that list is Cardinal Burke. Second, it is very unlikely to see an American elected pope.... but.....
A couple years ago National Review picked up on an iiiiiinteresting article from Inside the Vatican.
One of the best-connected observers of Vatican politics, and of Roman Catholic matters generally, is Robert Moynihan, editor of the visually stunning Inside the Vatican magazine. In a recent e-mail dispatch, Dr. Moynihan suggests — based on a conversation with one of his trusted sources — that one of the most enduring elements of Vatican Conventional Wisdom may be wrong. For years, it has been said that there cannot be an American Pope, for various reasons having to do with culture and geopolitics. Moynihan hints this may be changing:continue at National Review
My day could not end without a conversation with an old friend, a monsignor, who is, in a manner of speaking, a “Catherine of Siena” in our time.
I have spoken with him many times over the years.
I will call him “Father Jeremiah.”
He has white hair, clear eyes, and he is a product of the preconciliar Church.
He knows the Curia well, though in recent years, he has had less intimate contact with its workings.
Still, through his circle of friends, he has access to information about upcoming documents and decisions which often proves to be quite precise. . . .
Father Jeremiah spoke to me about a particular situation in the United States, and its relation to the future of the universal Church.
“Europe is in crisis, demographically and morally,” he said to me. “For this and other reasons, it may be time, in the not-too-distant future, for an American Pope. A possible candidate will have to have had a strong formation, perhaps in one of the traditional religious orders. . . .”
Then he looked at me intently. “It may be time,” he said, “for a cappucino.”
That there are insider rumblings on this from within Vatican circles, suggesting a change in perspective, is therefore quite interesting. Based on my own observation of Dolan (in the pulpit, on TV, and in his writings), he is both a friendly and charming man and a strong evangelizer. I could see him being quite credible as Pope. But the particular sort of American that Dr. Moynihan’s source appears to be looking for would be someone more aggressively and explicitly conservative on matters of church discipline — and that, to me, suggests Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, the archconservative former archbishop of St. Louis who is now one of the most powerful figures in the Vatican.
I have got to stop reading this stuff. Can you imagine?