The National Catholic Reporter has an article by John L. Allen, Jr. saying the surprise choice for Pope can be an American and it isn't Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. Their choice is Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley of Boston (see photograph). An Italian Newspaper 'Corriere della Sera' polled eight contributors who are experts about the Papacy who they thought are the top three candidates to be the next Pope.
Here is how the eight experts voted:
-Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley (Boston): 5 votes
-Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer (Brazil): 5 votes
-Cardinal Angelo Scola (Milan): 4 votes
-Cardinal Timothy Dolan (New York): 1 vote
-Cardinal Donald Wuerl (Washington): 1 vote
Then the newspapers asked its Italian readers to pick their favorite choice to be Pope. Once again, the Boston Cardinal shock Vatican observers. Here are the results of the voting by the Italian public:
-Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley (Boston): 36.7%
-Cardinal Angelo Scola (Milan): 17.9%
-Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle (Philippines): 14%
Observers believed that O'Malley being a Capuchin Franciscan and the fact he has challenged the inner circle of the Vatican demanding reform has made him a popular choice.
The extreme pro-life Cardinal once said that his red vestments and cap would come in handy in case he was invited to go hunting with Vice President Cheney