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Cardinal Wuerl says conclave should not choose an American

February 27, 2013

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, DC, thinks it would be “unwise” for the College of Cardinals to choose an American as successor to Pope Benedict XVI.

Speaking from Rome, where he was on hand for the final weekly public audience of the outgoing Pontiff, Cardinal Wuerl told an ABC television audience that American Pope would face extra difficulties because of the international power exerted by his native land. He explained: “I think the conventional wisdom, which I think is correct, is a pope from the superpower would probably have a lot going against him when he's trying to present a spiritual message to the rest of the world.”


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  • Posted by: Defender - Feb. 28, 2013 10:36 PM ET USA

    For sure not Wuerl, he doesn't like Canon 915. Mahoney shot himself in the foot. Dolan is much too accomodating to politicians and O'Malley can't control the universities in his archdiocese, etc. Cardinal Burke would be fine and falling asleep listening to the American cardinals is a plus, not a minus! A pope doesn't have to be a cardinal...I'm not doing anything...

  • Posted by: polish.pinecone4371 - Feb. 28, 2013 8:12 PM ET USA

    No, Cardinal Burke would not make a good pope, at least not in the present. Back before the mass media maybe, but not today. He is holy, but not completely free of situations that could be easily construed as scandalous, as happened in St. Louis. Plus, he would not be able to deal with the immense pressure of the media or the administrative needs. He's good at the Signatura and should remain there. (Never mind the fact that he has sleep apnea and dozes off regularly in public.)

  • Posted by: mgreen32234 - Feb. 28, 2013 2:47 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Wuerl speaks like a conventional American Cardinal. We need a man who is holy and scandal-free. In my limited knowledge of American Cardinals, Burke is the only name that fits the description.

  • Posted by: Joseph Paul - Feb. 28, 2013 4:04 AM ET USA

    Cardinal Raymond Burke would make a great Pope.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Feb. 27, 2013 9:51 PM ET USA

    Pehaps Cardinal Wuerl is worried that Raymond Cardinal Burke might be the American picked for Pope.

  • Posted by: joancollins507161 - Feb. 27, 2013 6:49 PM ET USA

    Could someone please explain the Cardinal's reasoning to me? Does he mean we are not spiritual enough--but then, who is? Is our country too rich? Probably, but does that disqualify everyone in it? We are generous, we support poor countries with our tax dollars, we have better church attendance than most if not all European countries. I just don't get it.

  • Posted by: unum - Feb. 27, 2013 6:37 PM ET USA

    I don't think the good Cardinal has to worry about and American pope. The rest of the world does not admire the spirituality nor the administration of the American Church. The cardinals will select a spiritual leader, not an American corporate CEO who bows to the advice of attorneys, PR consultants, and politicians. They also will select someone who can inspire the laity and lead them instead of relying on a paid politically progressive staff. Halleluiah!