Name: Marc Ouellet
Date of Birth: 6/8/1944
Place of Birth: Quebec, Canada
Current Position: Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops
Current Location: Rome
Pro: Vatican insider, with strong pastoral experience, including working with the emerging church in Latin America; considered a strong intellect, from the line of the Communio thinkers (Ratzinger and Hans urs Von Balthasar among them). A seasoned politician and diplomat.
Con: Canadian—chosing a non-Latin American English speaker from the Americas is “too risky” a move for European cardinals. An “outside” insider that may be perceived as “too outside” by the insiders of the Vatian to affect real change and “too inside” by the outsiders of the Vatican to make a difference; No one can pronounce his family name correctly. First papal bull would likely condemn Catholics for singing the “Blame Canada” song.