Feb 11 2013




Daily Mail Online has printed in full the betting odds on who will be the next Pope. It does not include a long shot which could be Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. Don't underestimate an Irish American's charm, ability to play the game and toughness.

It appears that none of them will be great on LGBT issues or women in the clergy.

Here is the sites report:

Within minutes of Pope Benedict's announcement, speculation was rife about who would replace him.

There are several papal contenders in the wings, but no obvious front-runner - the same situation when Benedict was elected pontiff in 2005 after the death of Pope John Paul II.

However, cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson has emerged as the early favourite, with Paddy Power offering odds of 9/4, closely followed by Canadian Marc Ouellet at 5/2.

Here, MailOnline looks those in contention, their odds and some of their strongly held beliefs.

9/4 Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, 64

-Country: Ghana Cardinal in the Ghanaian Catholic Church
-Elevated to cardlinalate by Pope John Paul II
-Significant views: Would like to see a black pope. Believes condoms should be used in marriage if one partner is infected with Aids.

-5/2 Cardinal Marc Ouellet, 68

-Country: Canada
-Elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II
-Significant views: Belief that abortion is unjustifiable, even in cases of rape

7/2 Cardinal Francis Arinze, 80

-Country: Nigeria
-Elevated to cardlinalate by Pope John Paul II
-Significant views: Extreme conservatism on birth control and abortion

7/1 Cardinal Angelo Scola, 71

-Country: Italy
-Elevated to become Archbishop of Milan by Benedict XVI
-Significant views: Wants to work more closely with Islam and support Christians in the Middle East

10/1 Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, 70

-Country: Honduras
-Elevated to cardinalate by Pope John Paul II
-Significant views: A moderate but is anti-abortion and criticised Ricky Martin for using a surrogate mother

12/1 Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, 78

-Country: Italy
-Elevated to cardinalate by Pope John Paul II
-Significant views: Blamed homosexual infiltration of the clergy for Catholic child sex scandals

14/1 Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, 70

-Country: Italy
-Elevated to cardinalate by Pope Benedict XVI
-Significant views: Strongly against abortion and expressed anger towards same-sex unions

16/1 Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 77

-Country: Argentina
-Elevated to cardinalate by John Paul II
-Significant views: Against abortion and euthanasia, is against same-sex marriage but calls for respect of gay people. Washed the feet of 12 Aids patients in 2001.

20/1 Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, 69

-Country: Argentina
-Elevated to cardinalate by Benedict XVI
-Significant views: Said Christians in Iraq under Saddam Hussein were more free than they are now

25/1 Cardinal Christoph von Schonborn, 68

-Country: Austria
-Elevated to cardinalate by John Paul II
-Significant views: Said use of a condom by an Aids sufferer could be seen as a 'lesser evil'.