Divine inspiration: Cardinal Timothy Dolan says next pope should ‘remind you of Jesus’
“You always look for somebody that reminds you of Jesus,” Dolan said, explaining he’ll weigh-in on Pope Benedict XVI’s successor after the 85-year-old religious leader retires on Thursday.
“You look for somebody who just seems to radiate the love, the tenderness, the mercy, the truth of Jesus Christ,” Dolan said.
To prepare for the big decision, Dolan said he has turned to the man upstairs for some guidance.
“You got to believe me — I’m doing a lot of praying. The more this passes, I’m reminded about the awesome responsibility,” he said.
Dolan will fly to Rome in two days and soon after he will meet with a conclave of cardinals in order to elect the man who will lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
His trip comes after Benedict this morning promised thousands of followers he’s not abandoning the church during his final Sunday blessing — amid allegations that a gay sex scandal triggered his resignation.
Benedict claimed he’s leaving the position on Thursday because he’s not mentally and physically strong enough to keep it. [more]