Fox News' John Moody handicaps papal frontrunners
Catholics around the world await announcement from the Vatican
- Duration 6:15
- Date Mar 11, 2013
Catholics around the world await announcement from the Vatican
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Take a look at your TV screen.
For the past hour we have been watching -- turn tonight over Vatican City.
At that our great production team just showed you how that looked when the sun comes up again the historic process of picking a new Pope will begin officially.
We're learning that there may -- may already be a few favorites in the field of potential popes and perhaps a few dark courses as well.
And while church figures from Milan Brazil and even the US.
Are viewed as possible front runners of the flock.
Our next guest says they are by no means the only possible next.
Turning now author of Pope John Paul the second -- -- out of three.
John Moody who is also executive vice president and executive editor here at Fox News Channel John great to see you thanks -- So this.
It's exciting to to think about who might be the next Pope and who might be sending right now in the ranks because it's not it's on formally beginning tomorrow but there's been informal gatherings already.
At which different names have started to emerge how do you handicap -- -- now.
That they've -- -- meeting some for the first time and so they're getting to know each other this is really a handshake hi my name's Joseph.
Kind of -- 115 of 115 of them -- can vote many more there who who can who won't vote but are still in Rome nonetheless.
And it's introductions -- hey here's my friend Luigi who you know he's a good guy got to have a cup of coffee with some time.
It's informal and yet it's all very important the -- those -- either get past the language barrier because they don't I'll speak at the same language I mean it it it -- they.
Default to English or what do they do as in so many places in Europe yes you can default to English can be almost sure that a Catholic cardinal speaks English.
However some of them in in the past have resorted to Latin which they're all supposed to know now our own Timothy Dolan says of his Latin as a -- -- -- But let's talk about him because I wanna start with it but you know the lead for most Americans -- -- deeply wound up with -- American.
As -- in captivity Dolan.
Is the archbishop here new York and cardinal in front from new York and he.
Originally went when Pope Benedict announces retirement they were saying it's not going to be an American but now there's more buzz about him.
There is and in -- -- of of course been trying to put his office far away from as possible he -- is a better chance of him playing for the Yankees and being elected Pope.
-- the Yankees are going he might have to fill in anyway.
But over the weekend what we've heard is that he met with several of his brother cardinals in informal settings.
And that many of them were impressed with the common sense statements that he made he wasn't trying to impress -- he wasn't running for the office.
He was just saying here's what we need to do it's up to us this is our duty.
And people came away saying that's a Smart guy how well who is Angelo Scola.
-- -- is the archbishop of Milan.
He is a very revered figure in Milan.
He may be a little bit too.
Much of a reformer for some people because he has not been part of the Vatican insiders circle called secure yeah.
He's been up in the land he's he's a very prominent personality in Italy.
But not with in the Vatican is -- that's true with that we'll -- Dolan as well well some very much yet.
But if it's if it's Scola it may be that they're bringing somebody in to clean house in the attic.
Also I don't know why would they need to do that well of course have been several scandals over the past couple years the most impressive one is that -- leaks and that's where.
Former Pope Benedict Butler apparently gave away some emails and and correspondence that was very embarrassing to both the Pope and the Vatican.
They also have problems with their banking system which is not always adding up to the right numbers but it's supposed to.
And there is the.
What does that mean do you think that they are are they going to be looking for somebody to come in and and be sort of a manager Pope -- -- -- That the Associated Press is putting it today that we need a manager Pope to clean up the Vatican or do we need a pastoral Pope who who can inspire the faithful.
That's right and that that seems to be the choice right now -- Neither John Paul the second.
Of course reigned -- till -- Benedict succeeded him nor Benedict himself.
Really were very good managers great guys wonderful -- wonderful theologians but not managers they weren't the CEO type that some people think the church now needs because.
It is in addition to being.
A faith and a and a major institution its an organization and it has to be match.
-- father Jonathan wrote a piece today talking about how.
These are all the qualifications that they have to be looking for the Pope and at the end of all those qualifications he concludes.
There isn't one that man is not in that 115.
But that's how it's always -- that what we have to accept that whoever the Pope will be will be a human being.
He'll be fallible he'll make mistakes he will be perfect and to hold him up to a higher ideal than that is not realistic that.
That's absolutely right I can remember very clearly when the first Jon poll was elected -- -- who only served a few months.
And when he realized that the vote was going his way he turned to his fellow cardinals and -- god forgive you should've done to me.
-- thought they had some tough up footsteps of following when you consider the Jesus elected the original pop.
It's so many years ago and now you know this is sort of a direct descendants see if you look at it it.
Is important to non Catholic we have one point two billion Catholics who will watch this frozen -- of those outside of the Catholic faith.
Catholic Church is very much a working organization it interacts with non Catholics right now church engaged in.
What it considers to be a very serious dialogue with the Muslim world.
And if it can be successful in -- changing ideas with Muslims.
That may be the bridge that the western world so desperately needs to understand that part of the world.
Just -- this kind of excited it's very exciting kind of reminds me of the Republican primary season last year I mean every week there was a new front runner up.
But I don't think Mitt Romney's gonna win this election do you think dollars and there it is nine and I plan I do not I -- I think that would be the fastest way to get asked to leave the Sistine Chapel is to win with a 99 we know nobody's in there with a 666 plants.
I think that would be a bad thing.
I -- greater Phoenix thank you.
I guess we think within with -- for hours look at the first -- take a look at your screen here.
This is John Moody's book.
You can see it right here and it is called Pope John Paul the second.
It's still available -- can learn a lot about Pope John Paul the second what huge shoes he left to be filled by Pope Benedict and now by the next successor check it out coming up.