|Cardinal Timothy Dolan|
Timothy Dolan as pope is simply not going to happen according to Paddy Power bookmakers in Ireland.
Since his rock star appearance in Rome to receive his red hat there has been widespread speculation in the media that Dolan could be the next pontiff.
A leading Rome newspaper has stated that Dolan is now among the 'papabile' --- those handful who could well end up pope.
Surprisingly, however, he's not even the American favorite for the job.
Paddy Power, Ireland's leading bookmaking chain has Dolan at 80/1 to be pope, astonishing odds .
Cardinal Raymond Burke formerly of St. Louis, now of the Vatican, is only 20/1 while fellow US curia member Cardinal William Levada of San Francisco is 25/1
The field is headed by Cardinal Frances Arinze of Nigeria at 7/4 with Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana next at 2/1.
An African pope is clearly the way Paddy Power is thinking,
Paddy Power isn't given to posting long odds and losing me thinks.
So Dolan as Pope looks like a long shot.