The Boston Globe wants it to happen.
But if you closely track the odds (or NPR’s Sweet Sistine bracket), Cardinal O’Malley is a Cinderella, sentimental, local hero at best. It is worth noting that the line has moved in his favor over the last weeks since Pope Benedict announced his retirement. Down to 14/1, it was as high as 35/1 in February. It could be interesting to see if the last minute US shutdown of Intrade will have an impact, as well, in terms of Americans participating in the futures.
By the way, if you’ve also been tracking Pope odds, we’ll probably be having a WLBT meet-up in hell on the topic. See you there in case I get smited (smoted)?