Papabile TettamanziI am not one to give credence to the media speculation about who the next Pope will be. However, some stories have surfaced in the press of late that are of some interest, however. Those who do the Petrine Charism a great injustice by attempting to bet on who will be elected have recently declared Dionigi Cardinal Tettamanzi to be their favorite. Initially, this caused me to want to shy away from the Archbishop of Milan as a possible successor. However, a story in the New York Daily News has me reconsidering my position on Tettamanzi. From this story, it almost appears as if this guy is John Paul II's Italian clone. In addition, how can you go wrong with a guy who admits to being fond of Opus Dei, while also seriously criticizing Western materialism? In addition, the good Cardinal's 94-year old mother is still healthy and peppery in Milan. He can't do anything too bad, he'll hear it from his Mama! My favorite Tettamanzi quote:
"The Devil is a liar, and the greatest lie is that he does not exist."
He also said with regard to "gay marriage:" "In this cultural situation the church must exercise the greatest vigilance."
He refers to this as "gay culture," and roundly condemns it. He also "worries" about modernity.
Sounds great to me!
Of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the man who has always served as my favorite Cardinal on Earth. The Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (formerly called the Holy Inquisition, a name which ought to be restored) Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, is a great soldier in the Lord's Army. I'd call him the Commanding General of the Old Believers' Brigades. Cardinal Ratzinger, like John Paul II, has a real heart for the poor, the impoverished, and the downcast. However, he simply won't allow heterodoxy to rear its ugly head into the Church. Heretics hate Cardinal Ratzinger, and they'd love nothing more than to see him drop dead. In spite of his age (77), that fact alone lets us know that he would make a wonderful Pope.
My favorite Ratzinger quote: "Truth is not subject to a majority vote."