Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Cardinal calls for new pope who can re-establish order

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Vatican City, February 28 - As cardinals arrive in
Rome to begin deliberations on who should be their next pope,
some say they are feeling "fed up" and frustrated with the wave
of scandals that have engulfed the Catholic Church in recent
years.
"We must choose someone who can re-establish order," said a
Latin American cardinal who spoke to ANSA on the condition of
anonymity.
"We are fed up".
Some arriving for conclave to elect a successor to Pope
Benedict XVI, who announced February 11 that he would retire on
Thursday, have suggested they were feeling "deeply disoriented"
by Benedict's decision to step aside.
Benedict, 85, shocked the world when he announced that he
would resign for the good of the Church, because he said he
lacked the mental and physical strength to continue leading the
world's 1.2 billion Catholics.
Some have said he was exhausted by the long list of
scandals that have plagued the Church in recent years.
This suggests Benedict's successor must be strong enough to
weather whatever other storms may rock the Church, said the
cardinal.
"That's why that among the features desired for the new
pope, it must be a person who is determined, energetic, with a
capacity for governing and who would put in order" troubled
administrative matters.
A long list of scandals and crises in the Church came to a
head under Benedict's watch.
Perhaps the most damaging have been the numerous sexual
abuse scandals in parishes all over the Catholic world, dating
back decades but more recently becoming public.
Officials as high as inside the Vatican have been accused
of covering up the scandals, for which Benedict finally
apologized in 2010.
But that was not the only major issue damaging the Church.
Problems also reached the boiling point within the Vatican
Bank, otherwise known as the Institute for Religious Works
(IOR).
Last May, former president Ettore Gotti Tedeschi was fired
by its supervisory board amid reported disagreements over moves
to join a list of financially transparent countries.
The bank has been struggling for years for acceptance on to
an international 'white list' of countries which are considered
to have acceptable financial transparency laws.
The IOR has in the past been linked with numerous scandals
including allegations of money-laundering.
Recently, the bank's commission of cardinals appointed
German lawyer Ernst Freiherr von Freyberg, with the pope's "full
consent", the Vatican said.
The Vatileaks scandal also damaged the Church in the eyes
of many after Benedict's former butler Paolo Gabriele was
convicted of leaking papal secrets.
Gabriele had been sentenced to 18 months in jail last year
after he divulged confidential Vatican memos suggesting
corruption and intrigue within the Holy See, which were later
published in a book.
After he wrote a letter to the pope begging forgiveness, he
received a full pardon.
A commission of three cardinals - Julian Herranz, Jozef
Tomko and Salvatore De Giorgi - has been probing the case, and
speculation has been that the trio would be authorized to share
their findings with fellow cardinals before the conclave.
Benedict met Monday with the trio and decided that "the
acts of the investigation, known only to himself, remain solely
at the disposition of the new pope," a Vatican statement said.
A church spokesman later suggested that some portions of
the 300-page, two-volume report could be shared with some
cardinals before the conclave.
Meanwhile, betting is continuing over who is frontrunner in
the race.
On Wednesday, British bookmakers said the odds were good
that the new pope would be Italian and not from the developing
world as previously predicted.
According to William Hill bookmakers, the odds that an
Italian cardinal would rise to the ranks of pontiff were four to
1.8.
The likeliest of 'papabile' candidates is Milan Archibishop
Angelo Scola with four to one odds, followed by Vatican
Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone at six to one, and the head
of the Italian bishops conference (CEI) Angelo Bagnasco at eight
to one, William Hill said.
"Betting on the next pope is one of the most international
markets in history, with bets coming in from over 100
countries," a spokesman for William Hill told betting
publication Agipronews.
"At this point in time, those placing bets believe the man
to succeed Benedict XVI will be Italian, instead of a South
American or an African, as was predicted initially".
According to the latest data, odds on an African pope are
2.88 to one, while those on a South American pope are 9 to two.
Odds that he will come from Canada, such as Cardinal Marc
Ouellet, are seven to one.
Odds on an American are 21 to one, followed by 26 to one on
a Spanish successor and 34 to one on someone from France.
Wherever the next pope comes from, odds are 11 to one he
will be elected after just one round of voting in the conclave
of cardinals, which could begin as early as next week.

(photo: Benedict and his former butler Paolo Gabriele, front
left)

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