Does it strike anyone else that the media seems to view the phenomenon of a papal conclave as something akin to . . . horse racing?
Cardinal Lustiger . . . has come from nowhere to top the list - two weeks ago he was at 20-1. (source)
A flurry of bets on Thursday helped boost Ratzinger . . . after Italian media reported he had initial support of 40 to 50 cardinals and a church official told Reuters on Wednesday that support for him looked strong.
Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga . . . has also fallenfrom grace among punters slipping from third to eighth at 14-1. That puts him level with the relatively unknown Chilean archbishop of Santiago, Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, 71, whose odds shortened from 50-1 after a good few bets. (source)
Alternatively . . . men such as Severino Poletto or Ennio Antonelli might be strong runners. (source)
And the indisputable front runner in this conclave at the beginning of the third millennium is also German. (source)
# posted by Jamie : 9:06 AM