Notre Dame experts weigh in on conclave

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Although the election of a new pope is happening on the other side of the world, several local experts from Notre Dame are being asked to share their thoughts.

Although there is plenty of speculation on how long it will take to name the next pope.

Many priests and professors following the conclave closely are hoping we will see smoke signs by at least Friday. As far as naming a name, several experts at Notre Dame say it's hard to tell.

This man must be a world leader.

Although Americans would certainly like to see other problems addressed like sex scandals, priest shortage and dwindling membership.

“What really horrified Catholics about the sex abuse scandals was that the bishops covered these things up,” says Lawrence Cunningham, professor of theology at Notre Dame. “That brought a lot of unhappiness.”

“I think really a key issue is certainly who is elected and what that person does,” predicts Kathleen Cummings, director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism. “Who he hires in the Vatican to get the job is important. I don't think we'll find that in one person, it's a tall order.”

Naturally Notre Dame students would be thrilled if Cardinal Dolan was picked. He's going to be this year's commencement speaker.

Experts around the world are suggesting other possibilities to fill the position from other countries.