Monday, 11 February 2013
no #vatileaks here - just angels and demons
I see the Pope has quit. Well not until the end of the month officially, but that's still pretty fast for something that most consider to be a bolt from the heavens.
For ages there's been an undercurrent of alleged issues around the Vatican varying from smutty scandals, through cover-ups and diabolik financial shenanigans. There's a whole bunch of stuff in an Italian site based upon the so called Vatileaks from last year.
Some of it reads like a Dan Brown plot-line and leads to speculation about whether the current Pope was part of a holding pattern, waiting to get the new dux in a row.
So who next? Another Germanic type? Available but unlikely?
An Italian? There's plenty to choose from so it's gotta be a strong chance. Maybe the Archbishop of Milan? Or the popular Angelo Bagnasco? Or even Cardinal Bertone to keep it in the Italian family?
An American? the Archbishop of New York in the Vatican? There's a thought.
Someone from Africa? It's a big recruitment zone and would show beyond Europe thinking? Cardinal Turkson?
What about a Canadian? We've done it here with the Bank of England. Multilingual Marc Ouellet to show global thought and remove some of the citadel walls around the Vatican?
There's others too. It'll be interesting to see whether they go for Italianate positioning or global reach in the next chapter.
Dan Brown is probably already scribbling.