Own goal as cardinal admits interest in being next pope
Cardinal Turkson may have damaged any ambitions he harbored about the papacy.
The possibility that Cardinal Peter Turkson will be elected Pope—never terribly likely—has become more remote with the publication of the Ghanian cardinal’s statement that he would be prepared to accept election. Cardinal-electors generally frown on anything that could be construed as campaigning for the papacy, and Cardinal Turkson already has a reputation for speaking without sufficient forethought.
Back in October, Cardinal Turkson arranged for a screening of a YouTube video entitled Muslim Demographics by all the participants at the Synod of Bishops. Vatican Radio—surely not inclined toward criticism of the Synod’s proceedings—described the video as “fear-mongering.” Cardinal Turkson was forced to issue an apology. That didn’t help his standing among the papabile, either.
Today's news coverage has included a spate of news reports including quotes from Cardinal Turkson. That's a sign of the media's keen interest in the African cardinal. But it's also a sign of the cardinal's interest in the media, which may not advance his standing among his fellow prelates. In a conclave cardinals are likely to turn to a candidate they consider reliable, dependable, predictable--someone with whom they are comfortable. Right now Cardinal Turkson is making reporters comfortable. That's a very different thing.
Source: Catholic Culture
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