Video: “There is a sadness in Rome”
posted at 9:37 am on March 1, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
I’m not predicting an American Pope, but I would say that Cardinal Timothy Dolan would make a fine pontiff if that time came this month. He’s remarkably straightforward, humble, and engaging — and all of those qualities are on display in an interview from Rome today with CBS. Dolan tells Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell that “there is a sadness in Rome” while the Pope’s office remains vacant, but that the cardinals want to take their time before getting into a conclave — and the time frame seems to suggest the March 11th date that has been floating around the last few days:
Dolan addresses the issue of scandal in a straightforward manner, saying that “realism” forces the college of cardinals to consider how best to address reform, but that this is an ongoing issue in a human organization — even the church founded by Jesus Christ.
As I wrote earlier today and announced on the Hugh Hewitt show last night, I will be traveling to Rome to cover this conclave for Hot Air. I have received credentials from the Vatican and will have access to the press center and media events, and I’m beginning to make contacts for interesting stories and on-camera interviews. I’ll also cast a closer look on Eurozone stories, perhaps especially the impact of the Italian elections on the European debt crisis. I may be there for as long as two weeks, depending on the conclave’s length and the events surrounding it. It’s a once-a-generation event in most cases, and it’s a big story in both the secular and faith contexts.