On Saturday, the one month anniversary of his election, Pope Francis unveiled the team of cardinals he will use to implement an overhaul of the scandal-plagued Roman Curia, This is pretty speedy action for any administration, and constitutes warp speed for the Vatican. Serious business?
The Italian bishops conference sent out a press release congratulating Milan Cardinal Angelo Scola on becoming pope — only Scola didn’t win, as expected. Mamma mia!
As everyone waits for white smoke – while under umbrellas in the chill of a wet Roman March – thoughts turn to many, many other things…Such as rumors that New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, a relentless jokester, would take the name Hilarius II if elected.
Yeah, he could have pumped up our Sweet Sistine bracket, but I think baseball is pretty much a religious experience. And pastoral, which is what we all want in a Pope, no?
Having the Village People anthem “YMCA” re-purposed as a campaign jingle probably wasn’t Cardinal Luis Tagle’s idea — but you have to smile when you watch this video. Lighten up and sing along!
The retired archbishop of Los Angeles even has a cappuccino with him almost every day. But he’s not giving any names — and no one else may know what will happen in this week’s conclave either.
The U.S. cardinals may have been barred from holding their popular daily press briefings but the war of words between the Italian cardinals and their allies – who are suspected of engineering the silencing – and the Americans only seemed to escalate.
No, he’s no Eustace Tilley. But it’s an honor. Sort of. No? Discuss.
Well, for a few minutes at least. Not that hard to do, actually. This ain’t the Pentagon. If he got into the conclave, now that’d be something. But betrayed by a sash? Why did he go to all this trouble and use a scarf? One word, bro: Gammarelli’s…
Why isn’t Stephen Colbert in our “Sweet Sistine” pool? Any baptized male can be elected, and he sure qualifies. Alas, we may have to settle for video clips like these…