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Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn: Profile of a Candidate for Pope

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Who is Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn?:

Christoph Schoenborn was born on January 22, 1945, in Austria.

Background and Early Life of Christoph Schoenborn:

Christoph Schoenborn is a member of the Dominican order who comes from a wealthy family. He first came to prominence when Pope John Paul II personally invited him to deliver a sermon in Rome at the annual Lenten retreat, a privilege offered to few priests.

Current Status of Christoph Schoenborn:

Christoph Schoenborn is archbishop of Vienna, Austria.

Theology of Christoph Schoenborn:

Christoph Schoenborn is conservative in doctrinal matters and has not always treated subordinates well when they have failed to do as he demanded.

Assessment of Christoph Schoenborn:

Christoph Schoenborn may be too young to be elected pope. It is true that John Paul II was elected at a young age, but it’s unlikely that the cardinals would want to have another pontiff rule for a stretch of two or three decades. Austrian Catholics don’t seem to understand why Schoenborn is so popular outside his native country.

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