Transcript for Pope Benedict XVI Successor: 'No Obvious Candidate'
Let's get more on this from abc's cokie roberts, a veteran vatican watcher. Were hearing that no consensus is forming yet. Very different than eight years ago. He was the guy to beat. It was ratzinger... See More
Let's get more on this from abc's cokie roberts, a veteran vatican watcher. Were hearing that no consensus is forming yet. Very different than eight years ago. He was the guy to beat. It was ratzinger versus not ratzinger. And they don't know each other very well. More than half of them have been appointed by this pope in the last eight years. So, they have to get to know each other. And then, see who's for whom before they can -- discussions have begun even though the conclave hasn't met yet. More than half were chosen by pope benedict. That means he's going to have some influence on the choice, even though he pledges to stay out of it. Pledges to pray for them and hopes that the holy spirit leads them in the right direction. He said the holy spirit didn't have much to do with the conclaves. He didn't want to blame the holy spirit for a bad pope. It is a time when people really don't know what's going to happen. And that makes it exciting but a little bit scary. The secretary of state -- former secretary of state, who greeted the pope this morning, the dean, said it was with some trepidation that the cardinals met. And I think he means that. He's never been through anything like this before, either. You saw cardinal dolan laugh off the idea that he will be chosen pope. Most watchers don't believe it's going to be an american. But what about the idea it could be a pope from africa or latin america? That's where most catholics are. The southern hemisphere, that's e it's growg. It's hard to break the european barrie here we are at this beautiful renaissance church. The renaissance was a long time. Hard to get them to recognize what they consider the new world.
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