Cardinal Wuerl says conclave should not choose an American
H.E. CARD. Donald Wuerl
Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, DC, thinks it would be “unwise” for the College of Cardinals to choose an American as successor to Pope Benedict XVI.
Speaking from Rome, where he was on hand for the final weekly public audience of the outgoing Pontiff, Cardinal Wuerl told an ABC television audience that American Pope would face extra difficulties because of the international power exerted by his native land. He explained: “I think the conventional wisdom, which I think is correct, is a pope from the superpower would probably have a lot going against him when he's trying to present a spiritual message to the rest of the world.”