05 November 2007

The Westminster Stakes - An Update

Light movement on the book on the next Archbishop. Here are today's odds from Paddy Power (earlier odds in brackets):

Rt Rev Vincent Nichols 2-1 (7-2)
Rt Rev Kevin McDonald 5-1 (7-2)
Rt Rev Alan Hopes 11-2
Fr Timothy Radcliffe 6-1 (10-1) (6-1)
Bishop William Kenney 15-2 (6-1)
Cardinal Pell 10-1
Fr Aidan Nichols 11-1 (5-1) (6-1)
Archbishop Michael Louis Fitzgerald 12-1 (10-1) (12-1)
Rt Rev Patrick Kelly 12-1 (10-1) (12-1)
Rt Rev Arthur Roche 12-1 (10-1) (12-1)
Rt Rev Bernard Longley 12-1
Rt Rev Peter Smith 12-1
Rt Rev Michael Evans 16-1
Bishop Patrick O’Donoghue 16-1
Bishop George Stack 16-1
Fr Christopher Jamison 20-1
Bishop John Rawsthorne 20-1
Bishop John Patrick Crowley Non-runner (33-1)

Only two changes: Archbishop Fitzgerald drops to 12-1, and Bishop Stack enters the list: another Westminster Auxiliary. My guess is that this is a pious and speculative shot by a few parishioners in his area.

Cardinal Pell maintains his place on the list. 10-1 will look like very good odds if he comes to the See.


Mac McLernon said...

Heheheheheh... how about seeing whether Fr Ray Blake can enter the lists!!

John said...

One of the comments on the New Liturgical Movement blog (one I like), came when it reported on Bishop Peter Elliott singing a Solemn High Mass at the end of the pilgrimage from Ballerat to Bendigo. This pilgrimage is an Australian version of the now famous French pilgrimage to Chartres.
That comment said:-
Bishop Elliott to Sydney and Cardinal Pell to Westminster.

As it happens, I believe that the pair are old friends.

I actually did say on Damian Thompson's Holy Smoke, how about Fr. Ray Blake or Fr. Tim Finigan to Westminster!

The only English Bishop I know is Bishop Tom Williams from Liverpool. He strikes me as an energetic, hard working Bishop but, apart from chatting with him at the breakfast table, once, a couple of years ago, I don't really know him all that well.


Andrew said...

Whoever is chosen, it just has to be someone outside of the 'magic circle' of Bishop Conference cronies. Rumour has it that Fr Tim Finigan is in with a chance (at least, that's the rumour I'm trying to spread) ;-)

If not Fr Finigan, then someone like Fr Aidan Nichols. We need someone for whom the faith is all-important - who not only actually believes the faith but can articulate it.

Anonymous said...

I think Fr Finigan should be in the running too.

Lucia said...

I don't know who Fr Finigan is, but I always think you should back a winner, and more people are backing him than anyone else, at least here. Therefore, I'll also put in a vote for him.

Lucia said...

Cardinal Finigan has quite a nice ring to it too, don't you think?

Mac McLernon said...

Lucia - check out "Cardinal Finigan by visiting his blog here

Cathy said...

I have just seen 'Cardinal' Finigan's blog, and can now see clearly why he is being tipped as cardinalbile (if that is the right word). I wish I knew some priests like him. Thank you mac mclernon for the link.

On the side of the angels said...

Finigan /Blake /David Barrett/Aidan Kelly - anyone but this bunch of reprobates listed by the bookies please !!!

Anonymous said...

While I think Cardinal Finigan is the right man for the job, I think on the side of the angels is a little unfair to some of those tipped by the bookies. Could anyone object, for instance, to Cardinal Aidan Nichols?