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March Madness, Vatican Edition

Courtesy of the Religion News Service, the papal bracket. I’m calling Ouellet FTW.

  1. Dudley

    My prediction is Cardinal Peter Turkson

  2. MMPadre

     I like Cdl. Tagle of the Philippines.  Spengler at Asia Times Online makes a case for him.  But I also like Cdl. Pell of Oz, though I don’t think he has a chance.

  3. Fake John Galt

    I was not aware it was a tournament with rounds of elimination. I thought it was a sudden death showdown.

  4. katievs

    I, too, am thinking (and hoping) it will be Ouelett. 

  5. EJHill
    katievs: I, too, am thinking (and hoping) it will be Ouelett.

    Canadian-Pope.jpgThen fire up the grill for the beaver kabobs!

    In converting the native peoples of the Americas, several mammals were declared “fish” by the Church in the 17th Century for the purposes of Lent, among these are the capybara in Venezuela and the beaver in Canada.

    Now, there are many interpretations of why the prohibition against meat. Some say it is the abstention of the flesh, others the idea of eating like the poor since in the early days of the Church meat was considered a rich man’s diet.

    Either way, the beaver doesn’t give a d…. (No, I won’t say it. Too easy.)

  6. Cal Lawton
    Fake John Galt: I was not aware it was a tournament with rounds of elimination. I thought it was a sudden death showdown. · 5 minutes ago

    Maybe more like capture-the-flag, or free-for-all. Skillz do matter as there are no perks, power-ups, or mods. And the game map is pretty cool.

  7. Fred Cole

    It won’t be an American.

  8. Fricosis Guy

    So he would not be going for a beaver toque?  I mean mitre?

    EJHill

    katievs: I, too, am thinking (and hoping) it will be Ouelett.

    Then fire up the grill for the beaver kabobs!

    Either way, the beaver doesn’t give a d…. (No, I won’t say it. Too easy.) ·

  9. Fricosis Guy

    It take it Pseudo will be our Bracketologist.

  10. Western Chauvinist

    What? Arinze didn’t make Sweet Sistine?

  11. tabula rasa
    Western Chauvinist: What? Arinze didn’t make Sweet Sistine? · 23 minutes ago

    Wasn’t he knocked out by Gonzaga in the round of 32?

  12. tabula rasa

    I can’t help noting they’ve made the two Americans play each other in the first round.  But, no matter what, the Irish will be happy.

  13. Pseudodionysius
    EJHill

    katievs: I, too, am thinking (and hoping) it will be Ouelett.

    Then fire up the grill for the beaver kabobs!

    In converting the native peoples of the Americas, several mammals were declared “fish” by the Church in the 17th Century for the purposes of Lent, among these are the capybara in Venezuela and the beaver in Canada.

    Now, there are many interpretations of why the prohibition against meat. Some say it is the abstention of the flesh, others the idea of eating like the poor since in the early days of the Church meat was considered a rich man’s diet.

    Either way, the beaver doesn’t give a d…. (No, I won’t say it. Too easy.) · 1 hour ago

    Edited 1 hour ago

    The frightening thing about EJ’s picture is that Ouellet was a pretty good hockey player in his youth until an injury derailed him. 

  14. katievs
    Western Chauvinist: What? Arinze didn’t make Sweet Sistine? ·

    I love Cardinal Arinze, but since Benedict has made such a point about the Petrine Ministry needing someone younger and stronger, I doubt they will elect an octogenarian.

  15. Donald Todd

    The idea of brackets is not entirely remiss.  Any number of notables will be entertained.  Slowly they will be dismissed in favor of another, narrowing the field until we get the white smoke.

  16. Pseudodionysius
    Fricosis Guy: It take it Pseudo will be our Bracketologist. · 2 hours ago

    Meh.

  17. Fricosis Guy

    Why he put it by with the back of his hand!

    Pseudodionysius

    Fricosis Guy: It take it Pseudo will be our Bracketologist. · 2 hours ago

    Meh. · 1 hour ago

  18. Call2Doody

    Anthony LaRussa.

    He’s a Cardinal, he’s Italian, and he’s got managerial skills.

  19. Donald Todd

    katievs:  #20  That’s another thing we could take bets on: What name will he choose? 

    Per Malachy, the 112th pope is supposed to be Peter the Roman, the last pope.  Of note, one of the leading contenders has the given name Peter.  That does not guarantee that he’ll take the name Peter as pope, nor does it mean that he must take the name Peter as pope.

    We’ll find out soon enough.

  20. katievs

    I like this article about Ouellet.  My only complaint is that it mentions neither his skill in languages, nor his theological heft and calibre.

    Since his ordination in 1968 he has been a parish priest in La Motte, a missionary and professor to future priests in Colombia over 11 years in the 1970s and 1980s, a Vatican administrator, a cardinal since 2003 and the top Roman Catholic official for Canada – perhaps the most turbulent and telling period of his career.

    For the past three years Ouellet has been the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, the church’s human resources department, vetting and nominating bishops around the world and guiding the tone and direction of the church on the front lines of the holy wars.

    The post affords him a rare private audience with Benedict – a longtime friend and intellectual kindred spirit – every Saturday morning when they discuss the candidates’ merits and whittle down the shortlists.