Sorry, Cardinal Dolan, but your chances at the papacy are better.


One of Cardinal Dolan’s lines about his chances of being elected has been, “I have a better chance of taking A-Rod’s place as third baseman for the Yankees,” like at the end of his appearance on NBC’s Today Show back on February 28. Except that it’s not true.

Granted, it’s just a line meant to indicate an indefinite but great amount, like “not just seven times, but seventy-times-seven times;” and granted it looks like the hot corner in Yankee stadium will be A-Rod-less until late July…  But Cardinal Dolan would not be one of the 115 finalists to bridge the gap.

But for pope?….   Well, he is one of the 115 finalists, and apparently in the top half (if not more rarified air) of *likely* candidates.

I’m not saying I think it’s going to be him. I have no clue whatsoever who will be elected, nor do I have a number one preferred guy. I just wanted to point out that the Cardinal was very wrong on that one.

Besides, when was the last time a cardinal from St. Louis played third for the Yankees?


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Tom Crowe is a cradle Catholic with a deep love for and commitment to Holy Mother the Church, colored by a rather interesting life-long relationship with her. Born during the great liturgical upheaval of the 1970s, Crowe was brought up in a parish that continued using the Missal of 1962—the Traditional Latin Mass—for which he developed a love. Crowe learned the faith as a child from the Baltimore Catechism, and didn’t stop learning and wrestling with the Church’s teachings at his Confirmation. Through reading and many conversations with friends and converts far smarter than he, Crowe came to know, accept, and love the Church and what she proposes far more intimately. For three years these conversation took place in seminary before Crowe, with the blessing of the formation team, determined that seminary was not right for him. In the wild and humorous ways of God, Crowe landed on his feet in Steubenville, Ohio, where he manages the online presence for Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he also trains altar servers and is the head master of ceremonies for the Mass in the Extraordinary Form on campus.

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