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Everyone surprised by pope's selection, except this man

March 14th, 2013
05:51 PM ET

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio's name was not name in the media as one of the papal front runners in the past few weeks, even though it had been reported that Bergoglio came second to Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.

When CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about those reports, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick simply said, "That is what they say.” McCarrick would know if that is true, because he participated in the 2005 vote — keeping the promise he took to ever reveal details of that election.

Even though McCarrick didn't take part in Thursday's vote, he told Amanpour he wasn't surprised Bergoglio was selected. The media may not have seen it coming, but McCarrick said "many of us had thought about it beforehand." McCarrick believes that time was on Bergoglio's side; that with each inconclusive vote, it became more likely that the cardinals would gravitate toward Cardinal Bergoglio.

In the video above you can watch Amanpour's full interview with McCarrick and hear his thoughts about how a Latin American Pope could change the Catholic Church.

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  1. SMB

    has anyone even ATTEMPTED to proofread this copy? Silly words like verbs missing, sentences that are either not sentences or make no sense? This is atrocious!

    March 15, 2013 at 4:39 am | Reply
    • orpheus

      I doubt that. Had a difficult time navigating the tortuous errors in the article. Made it hard to get into the gist!

      March 15, 2013 at 10:17 am | Reply

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