The papal conclave is underway.  I went to Paddy Power to see the latest odds on the next Pope (the Roman Catholic leader and Bishop of Rome, not the businessman).

Archbishop Angelo Scola (Italy) 9/4

Cardinal Odilo Scherer (Brazil) 4/1

Cardinal Peter Turkson (Ghana) 6/1

Cardinal Marc Ouellet (Canada) 10/1

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (Italy) 10/1

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn (Austria) 14/1

Cardinal Sean O’Malley (United States) 14/1

Cardinal Raymond Burke (United States) 16/1

One of my favorites, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, has respectable odds (20/1), but many observers do not believe that he is in the running.

There are a few amusing candidates on the list, including:

Atheist Richard Dawkins (UK) 666/1

Musician Bono (Ireland) 1000/1

Television character Father Dougal McGuire (played by actor Ardal O’Hanlon on the British television show Father Ted) 1000/1