Do you know the last time a Canadian was elected Pope?
…There’s a first time for everything, right?
Cardinal Ouellet is another Curia member, formerly archbishop of Quebec. He is currently Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. Once again, we have someone who has the advantage of knowing how the Vatican works … with the advantage of being an “outsider.”
(John Allen discussed how the recent Italian elections may cast doubt in some Cardinal’s minds about handing the Papacy over to an Italian. It’s an interesting read, and swayed me away from assuming the next Pope will be Italian.)
I like Ouellet’s resume — a blend of pastoral, academic, and now Curial posts. He’s also a member of the Council for Culture and the new Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, and I believe that signals he has strengths in areas vital to the Church today.
He made a bit of a name for himself when he was relator general for the Synod of Bishops on the Word of God in 2008, doing such a good job leading the proceedings and synthesizing the content of each day that one priest declared, “What he did today in the Aula, in the presence of the entire assembly and Benedict XVI, was a real ‘tour de force’ that left many people spellbound.” You can read more here.
Sounds good to me. I would start practicing how to pronounce his name… except that he may soon be changing it.
Why he won’t: See the opening question above.