Now, with Benedict leaving office next week, it’s becoming
clear Dolan is a serious candidate.
The Italian paper La Repubblica reported
the powerful cardinal Tarcisio Bertone is working behind the scenes to advance
Dolan’s chances in the upcoming conclave.
Cardinal Dolan was in a good mood Wednesday, but didn’t
really want to answer Aiello’s question about the La Repubblica report.
Italian papers are buzzing about another potential American pope — Cardinal
Sean O’Malley of Boston.
"The next pope is going to have to be a serious reformer on the
child sex abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church and, of course,
O’Malley has that profile," said John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter.