|Cardinal Timothy Dolan|
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.