Cardinal Timothy Dolan may not consider himself a candidate for the Papacy but that doesn’t stop New Yorker’s counting him in the running. People from all over New York, across the country , and abroad descended on St Patrick’s on Sunday morning to bid Dolan good luck for his upcoming trip. Some members of the congregation even noted that Dolan may not be such an outsider for The Vatican’s top job while others suggested speculating on who the next Vicar of Christ will be is pointless as “only the Holy Spirit can decide.”
Some Vatican insiders suggest there is a sort of unwritten rule that no American will ever become
Pope. Italy’s fourth largest newspaper ll Messaggero said ” if the Church’s new evangilization will come with a smile not a frown maybe Dolan will be the best candidate of all.”
Cetainly Dolan is a man with a smile and a sense of humor, who has turned the 10.15 Mass on Sundays into a comedic rival to Saturday night Live, (which is actually shot across the street at NBC).
Always, quick to humor Dolan seemed upbeat about his upcoming trip to Rome but also appeared more than aware of the huge responsibility facing all the Cardinals as the conclave meets to pick a Pope.
Whoever becomes the next Pope, only God knows but Cardinal Dolan will most certainly cast his vote for New York through prayer and discernment. Ask a New Yorker will most certainly be watching and waiting for the white smoke to proclaim the next bishop of Rome.