ORLANDO -- Over the millennia, innovation has not been a hallmark of
the Vatican and the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church -- especially
when it comes to choosing a CEO. The overwhelming majority of pontiffs
have been Italian cardinals.
resigning Pope Benedict XVI is German, and his predecessor John Paul
II, was a Pole. But considering historical precedent, the odds favor a
return to tradition, such as Cardinal Angelo Scola, archbishop of
Milan, or Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the Vatican's culture minister.
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