TODAY | February 12, 2013
>> robert barron is director of the monline in chicago. good morning.
>> good to see you.
>> let's talk about the criteria. what will the cardinals be looking for in a candidate when they head into the conclave?
>> especially now they're looking for an evangelist. that jesus has risen from the dead, and under that you look at theological acumin, knowledge of language. after john paul ii it's now taken for granted that the pope shubd a master of many language s. you also look for skill and organization. the pope manages a large bureaucracy. there's a great need for reform of that. but i go back primarily, someone who is an effective evangelizer in today's society.
>> first off, cardinal francis arinze .
>> i would be surprised if he is elected pope just given his age. pope benedict was 78 when he was elected now is resigning because of old age. cardinal arinze is already 80. he is a bit of a television personality, especially in the english speaking world , he has become well known. very articulate. charming, funny man. he is also involved in the interreligious dialogue for many years, which would make him an attractive figure.
>> cardinal peter terkurkson is getting a lot of attention. age 64, so not a problem there.
>> yeah. he speaks perfect english, has a sense of the international church. he is also the head of the council for peace and justice. very involved in economic and political issues, but leans a bit left in terms of the mainstray voomain mainstream view of economics and politics. why not a pope from the third world? he would, indeed, be a very strong contender if that's the focus.
>> one name i'm hearing is from canada, marc ouellet . does that put him in any kind of position of advantage, heading the congregation of bishops?
>> i happened to be with him five weeks ago. there was a conference in rome and he chaired it. i watched him go effortlessly from french to italian to portuguese to german. he has an extraordinary command of language. head of the congregation of bishops, he would know most of the bishops around the world, have a real sense of the international church. he was also a seminary rector in columbia.
>> what about cardinal timothy dolan here from new york who joined us on the set yesterday morning? what are the chances an american could be named pope?
>> i would say they're slim. i'm a huge fan of cardinal dolan. someone who leads with a joyful announcement of the gospel. he is also the president of the united states conference of catholic bishops , a man widely respected. who knows what the holy spirit is going to do. i think it's a slim possibility that an american would be elected simply because we're the lone superpower in the world and they're probably reluctant to give the leadership of the church to an american. having said that, he is a massively impressive figure. my first criteria is right, evangelization, he's the man.
>> a lot to come in the coming weeks. thank you so much.
>> all right.