The Catholic Herald last week suggested Cardinal Pell might be in line as Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, frankly, I don't believe it. But on Ttony's blog Pell is in the Paddypower odds at 10-1
Rt Rev Vincent Nichols 2-1 (7-2)
Rt Rev Kevin McDonald 5-1 (7-2)
Rt Rev Alan Hopes 11-2
Fr Timothy Radcliffe 6-1 (10-1) (6-1)
Bishop William Kenney 15-2 (6-1)
Cardinal Pell 10-1
Archbishop Michael Louis Fitzgerald 10-1 (12-1)
Fr Aidan Nichols 11-1 (5-1) (6-1)
Rt Rev Patrick Kelly 12-1 (10-1) (12-1)
Rt Rev Arthur Roche 12-1 (10-1) (12-1)
Rt Rev Bernard Longley 12-1
Rt Rev Peter Smith 12-1
Rt Rev Michael Evans 16-1
Bishop Patrick O’Donoghue 16-1
Fr Christopher Jamison 20-1
Bishop John Rawsthorne 20-1
Bishop John Patrick Crowley Non-runner (33-1)
In Italy of course, it is not unusual to transfer Cardinals from one See to another, but Sydney is not an insignioficant See, next year it is hosting World Youth Day.
I would love to have Pell here in England, I have been trying to think of why it might take place. When people I know complained to the Cardinal Ratzinger abo0ut the Church in England he certainly recognised that things were not perfect with the English heirarchy, but then they are certainly not as off the wall as many Europeans are, a bit wet but not absolutely dripping, certainly not in the vanguard of liberalism, none appear to deny the divinity of Christ, or seek to overthrow the Church's authority, indeeed most, all even, seem to be good Christian men.
If Pell were to come to Westminster it would be a sign in Europe and the rest of the Church, that the Church is Universal, Catholic and that although there migh certain cultural differences Catholiscism in one part of the world is, or should be, the same throughout the world.
I know that as far as the English speaking world is concerned England has a certain linguistic pre-emminence, but that battle seems to have been won, at least as far as the liturgy is concerned, for now, at least.
It could be that Pell might be seen as the great enemy of Relativism; I suppose the pope could see that England is a bridge between the English speaking world (which in a way includes not only North America and Australasia but also parts of Africa and to some extent India and the rest of Asia) and Europe.
I am trying to think of other reasons, mabe you can help in the comments box.