I have spent the weekend trying to figure out about which names echoing out at St. Peter’s would make me happy (like I was in 2005) and which would worry me. In 2005, I had a clear favorite and he became Pope. This time around, things are much murkier. The names that would make me most happy, like Burke, seem like long shots.

So I thought I would turn to you. Which Cardinals do you like for Pope and why? What are their chances? Which candidates are you most worried about and why? And What are their chances?

I am truly interested. I will copy some of the more interesting and well thought out commentary into the body of this post.

So let’s hear it!


It seems the consensus here would like to hear this:

Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum:
Habemus Papam!
Eminentissimum ac reverendissimum Dominum,
Dominum Reimundus Sanctæ Romanæ Ecclesiæ Cardinalem Burke,
Qui sibi nomen imposuit Pius XIII.

*subhead*So let’s hear it!*subhead*