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Last updated on June 15th, 2017 at 01:01 pm
The Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, emphatically asserted he had no interest in the Catholic Church’s top job in a previously unpublished interview last September.
Asked if he would like to be the next pope, he replied: “No way.”
Cardinal Pell said he had “no ambitions at all” to be the Pope.
I don’t think the LBJ option is available in this situation. Meanwhile …
Earlier today, a gay Australian Catholic priest said that if Cardinal Pell were to be elected the new Pope it would cause a damaging split within the church.
Well, Ratzinger it is then.
UPDATE. Reader CJ writes:
Wonder whether you noticed Mike Carlton in Saturday’s Herald having a dig at Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger for his membership of the Hitler Youth at age 12. I remember a few years back a certain Jeffrey Kennett criticising Australian Democrat Sid Spindler for the same alleged crime. Spindler pointed out that during WWII in Germany, every youth was *automatically* a member of the Hitler Youth—he hence had no say in the matter. Kennett realised his mistake and was man enough to admit it and apologise.
Carlton isn’t, and won’t.