VATICAN CITY (KMOX/AP) — The Vatican announced this morning that the conclave to elect a new pope will likely start in the first few days of next week.
The Rev. Federico Lombardi told reporters that cardinals will vote this afternoon on the start date of the conclave but said it was “likely” they would choose Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.
Earlier this week, local clergy abuse survivors, David Clohessy and Barbara Dorris unveiled their list of what they call the dirty dozen.
“We’re here today to list the dirty dozen,” Dorris told reports in Rome. “Twelve candidates that we feel would be the worst possible choices for the safety of children and for the healing of the victims.”
Three American Cardinals are on that list — Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington DC, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston and St. Louis native — Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.
On Thursday, the two released a new list, the three Cardinals who would, in their eyes would be good choices for Pope.
“The common link among these three men is their courage,” Dorris said. “They’ve done things that few, if any other Bishops or Cardinals have tried. They’ve tried to think outside the box, and at times they’ve been bluntly honest about the failings of other church members.”
The three are Cardinal Luis Tagel of the Phillipines, Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna, Austria, and one who’s not even a Cardinal yet, but still able by church law to be elected pope — Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, Ireland.
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