Remember "Fun Bobby" from Friends?
That could be the kind of pope Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna might turn out to be... if the photo here is any indication. (Love that photo BTW! How you say, so nett!)
John Allen takes a serious look at him...
Although the election of a pope is in many ways a carefully scripted process, the closest thing to a wild card this time around may well be 68-year-old Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna.Dominican - he already has the whites. He's descended from nobility - trads like that. And he's a Budweiser - beer drinkers of the world unite! What's not to like?
Depending on who's doing the handicapping, the erudite Dominican is either an obvious, slam-dunk contender or somebody who's basically taken himself out of the running.
Schönborn certainly has the right pedigree for the job. A member of the ancient Austrian noble family of Schönborn-Buchheim-Wolfstahl, he's one of two cardinals and 19 archbishops, bishops, priests and religious sisters his family has produced. He's not even the first Schönborn to be the primate of the Austrian church; that honor fell to his great-great uncle, Cardinal Franz Graf Schönborn, who led the Austrian episcopacy under the old Austro-Hungarian empire from his position as the archbishop of Prague. (He had previously been the bishop of Budweis -- hence he was, believe it or not, a "Budweiser.") - Source
And he's a fan of Medjugorje.
I have to go paint now.