Will the Next Pope Be A Climate Sceptic?
Australian are urging Cardinal George Pell to throw his mitre into the ring and become the nation’s first pope. But the bookies still think the 71-year-old Victorian needs divine intervention to land the top job.
Papal contender? … Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney / Pic: Britta Campion Source: The Daily Telegraph
With Benedict XVI retiring on February 28, there’s a vacancy in the Vatican as God’s right hand man – and some Aussies want Cardinal Pell to fill out an application.
The hashtag #pellforpope has become reasonably popular on Twitter as a number of social media users back the Cardinal’s candidacy and begin imagining what it would be like to have a first-ever Aussie Pope.
“The white smoke’ll just be the barbie,” one tweeted, referring to the smoke that shoots from the Sistine Chapel once a new pontiff is selected after the secret Conclave ballot.
A spoof George Pell Twitter account added: “The first Australian saint – now the first Australian pope. George’s a shoe-in for the red shoes. Ozzy Ozzy Ozzy!”.
While Cardinal George Pell is considered a $41 outsider, observers said yesterday he was “not without a chance” to replace the 85-year-old Pontiff, who is stepping down because of ill health.
Cardinal George Pell: One Christian Perspective On Climate Change – The 2011 Annual GWPF Lecture
Lecture video here