Leonardo Sandri

In my last post about papabile, I mentioned that there is perhaps a need for an “administrator” Pope.  The Curia needs some cleaning up, and I would be surprised if the Cardinals weren’t keeping that in mind.

When I expressed this to a friend, he agreed and pointed me towards Cardinal Sandri.

It was Sandri who, the evening of April 2, 2005, delivered the news to the thousands in St. Peter’s Square that our beloved John Paul II had died and admitted, “We all feel like orphans this evening.”

Perhaps we feel like orphans today, too.  Will Sandri be our next Father?

If the Cardinals are looking for an able administrator, Sandri is the guy.Leonardo-Sandri-250x250

Cardinal Sandri is himself a member of the Curia, which has its pros and cons. He’s an “insider” in that he’s worked for the Secretariat of State and he’s currently in the Curia as prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches.  But maybe problems need to be cleaned up by a veteran?

At the same time, he’s a bit of an outsider– he’s not part of the current Secretariat of State (which can only weigh in one’s favor, I think), and he’s not Italian.  He comes from Argentina, giving him the advantage of coming from an “emerging church” …while still having the needed experience of the way the Vatican works.

Since he’s been working in the Vatican most of his priesthood, it would be interesting to see how many people really associate him with South America, though.

Why he won’t…He doesn’t have a lot of pastoral experience, since most of his priesthood was spent in the diplomatic corps (including working with the nunciature here in America). While at the beginning of the last century, time spent in the corps as nuncio to various countries was a must for any papabile (Pius XI, Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI), I’m not sure diplomatic experience makes up for a lack of pastoral experience these days.


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