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Three cardinals with Pittsburgh ties to get a vote in electing new pope

 
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, gives the homily during Easter Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church Sunday, April 24, 2011 in Washington. Alex Brandon/Associated Press

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, gives the homily during Easter Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church Sunday, April 24, 2011 in Washington. Alex Brandon/Associated Press

(The Pittsburgh Press) Next month, when the leaders of the Catholic Church meet in Rome, there will be bit of the black and gold behind the white smoke that signals the election of a new pope.

Of the 117 cardinals under age 80 who will vote in a secret papal conclave, three have ties to Pittsburgh, and although that makes up just 2.5 percent of the voting bloc, it’s no small amount.

“Except for some Italian cities, that’s a lot for one city to have,” said Nicholas Cafardi, a canon lawyer, law professor and dean emeritus at Duquesne University School of Law.

The announcement earlier this month that Pope Benedict XVI (not from Pittsburgh) planned to resign had little precedent in the history of the church and surprised many around the world, including Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh, who discussed the development at a news conference with local reporters a few hours after the pope’s Feb. 11 announcement.

Bishop Zubik likely found it far less surprising, however, that at the news conference a reporter asked him about the story’s Pittsburgh connection.

Even in Rome, there was bound to be a Pittsburgh connection.

Of the 11 American cardinals who will travel to Rome to take part in a secret papal conclave that will likely take place next month, three have ties to here.

The native sons are Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, D.C., who was born in Pittsburgh and served as its bishop for 18 years; Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston in Texas, who was born in Ohio but grew up in Pittsburgh and was ordained a priest here; and Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, archbishop of Boston who was also born in Ohio but raised in Western Pennsylvania. [More]

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  2. Ann says:

    Hopefully the new pope wherever he (maybe someday she) is from will help to reform the office of the papacy itself. Right now it is an antique (not unlike the position of Queen of England)and itself needs reformation if the person who is elected to it is able to make any difference in the church and society at all.

  3. David says:

    With a national promo like, ‘God, guns and guts made America great’, what more is needed to persuade those European milk-sops that it is the manifest destiny of the US to provide the next Pope?

  4. TPD says:

    A young 40ish ,with pastoral parish experience, grounded in the Pope John23 Vat11 beatitude theology, not intimidated by the 21st century thoughts & emotions. Professional business managers handling the activity of the Vatican City freeng priest to return to pastoral concerns in their native countries.

  5. I would like to see an American Pope, but do not believe it will ever happen. We americans are resented due to what is perceived as having too much world power. I think that is a shame. I believe that an American Pope would have much to offer and would be a true asset.

    My choice would be Cardinal Dolan, but again, that will never happen.

    This should all be very interesting and I am anxious to see the outcome.

    • Catholic Lady says:

      The Americas take in more countries that the good old United States. Perhaps you will have an American Pope, dear Emily.

      • Tony says:

        Catholic Lady, I think you may be correct, and the Pope from the Americas may come from Canada or another Latin American country.

 
 

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