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I want to move now to Greg Ellen's son who is president and CEO of our Sunday visit.
-- publishing which is a major English language publisher of Pope Benedict sub books and also the exclusive English language distributor.
Of the Vatican newspaper which I'm not even going to try not to print -- -- -- miss Alison good to see you sir thank you for being there.
And it's great -- John I'm at first of all I I guess you were shot does any -- yesterday but did you like many people moved on into the sort of acceptance that.
Apps -- we'd we deserved nod to give the -- we should give the poke some sympathy and understanding for making this move.
Yes I think so I'm gonna cut everyone by surprise though the idea that he might be resigning was certainly one that's that's bounced around over the years and himself.
Has raised the possibility of a Pope resigning but the timing it caught everyone by surprise obviously we now -- the Vatican really can't -- on this secret.
And day and and I think the first point four hours.
We're just dealing with that the bad.
The enormity of that -- now I think people start to ask all those follow questions from the simple and slowly call him.
The bigger ones I don't what happens when we have a opened an -- -- in the same.
And in the same city state what what will that mean and I think that's.
Being contemplated now I've had a number of people including non Catholics -- -- -- about the courage it takes.
To make this decision and I think that's the right way to look at it he.
I'm sure being a but Germany -- his sense of duty and responsibility -- the church what is uppermost in his mind me and my guess is he did not make this decision lightly this was -- -- He felt was was necessary -- overall -- -- fascinated by this story of course as you would imagine.
What -- writing -- and he Greg Ramos says -- my dad said.
Being 85 takes a lot of added you very true -- -- she writes in -- in the Pope is very Smart I'm sure he's doing the best for the church.
And then two questions flail one to one simple one from -- C is this the shortest term from -- And to any word about probable successes.
Can you also both of those.
Sure is not the shortest term it's it's it's a rather decent -- term actually -- short life expectancies of of posts -- days -- and also of course we remember John Paul -- who who lasted barely a month.
In office so this won't be the shortest.
In terms of successors -- course that's where everyone's doing all handicapping now and am not guessing it names and and I'm afraid I'm.
-- -- gravitate around the same name so we're we're hearing certainly it certain people.
Over and over again.
Cardinal -- from.
Back who is now ahead of their congregation for bishops.
Is one of those name users long shots I think by cardinal Nolan from your shirt on cardinal -- -- whose.
Council for justice and peace is is another one and number.
Scola trauma Amman.
Are are some of the names that are being bounced about but this is going to be an interesting time because it's not -- Eight years ago when.
In some -- cardinal Ratzinger was the most well known by all the cardinals coming together.
I don't think there's a dominant personality like that and there has not been many opportunities for all the cardinals together.
Plus we've had to -- trees in the last year -- new cardinals have been a point -- -- at the end result of all this is they don't know each other very well sure it will be interesting to see how that shakes out.
Now what do we we hear are bad.
Did this conspiracy theories we hear about backstabbing within the Vatican as I said to show up as you getting any in any -- you all get accusation there is always.
A measure of that -- -- Genuine and it.
Is that and how much sort of bit virulent jockeying for position is -- likely to be now among the various factions.
Well I think what will happen is that there was people -- feel they have different priorities for what the church emphasized going forward and I think you're gonna see groups.
Gravitating around that you identified com.
Some for example should -- should there be Latin American should there be an African I think they'll be some of that kind of regionalism in on the Italian mission Irish Italian.
Bishops' conference certainly they would like to see an Italian -- side to the people -- But you also have those what issues should be emphasized are we looking for reform and Nigeria for example do we want to continue this kind of engagement with secular culture are we saying that Europe has innocence.
Left christianity and we're now gonna focus on the Third World I think a lot of the discussions.
And the way things will break out wolf will focus on those.
Ideas or concepts are what they see -- priority.
Issues within the church and end -- of course she'll find people who are very strong opinions who will be lobbying for either certain person are certain point of view.
I'm all right and eleven just let me just put you on the spot here before I let you go if you -- to pick a name.
Whom what would it be.
I believe if I -- I'd say that once I'm watching right now are cardinal electing cardinal Scola.
As as the two but IA.
I admit all humility here I did not get -- good job of picking cardinal Ratzinger report VO NN.
So don't put your money on and it's give the money to the book he's based on moderate and that's.
All right Greg -- president and CEO of -- Sunday visit of publishing.
How wonderful to get your -- great thank you so much for being thank thank you John.
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