Pope John Paul I of Holy Memory
After Pope Benedict's momentous and historic announcement today - that he is resigning his office due to age and infirmity - speculation is already running high as to his possible successor. It is truly amazing how much drama is created by papal elections, they possess a mystique that is mysterious and inexplicable. So here we go again.
I was in Rome many years ago for the funeral of Paul VI (I well remember the green body turning to decay rather quickly because he had been hurriedly prepared and rumors of conspiracies, poisonings, abounded) And I was present in St. Peter's Square both for the election of the saintly but long forgotten Pope John Paul I and for his installation mass. What a moment of hope that was for all Catholics worldwide and how quickly it was shattered. And I feel I will be present in St. Peter's for this next election as well, since we're a mere hour and a half from Rome by plane here in Prague.
For those interested in speculating, here is an interesting lineup from Business Insider.
Cardinal Schonborn my personal favorite is #9 on the list with a chance of 25/1. Why so low? His recent decision to reinstate an openly gay partnered man to the parish council, publicly humiliating one of this pastors.