I am not sure if I should be passing rumours, whether it is healthy or not, I don't know...
....but the rumour going around Rome at the moment, is that the Westminster Terna has been submitted a couple of times and has been returned, marked, "none of the above", how that is known I am not sure. Who would risk excommunication by revealing the "Papal Secret"? I don't know. But apparently the Holy Father is looking for someone "with fire in his belly". The current name being mentioned strikes me as an obvious choice, and although the rumour may not be true illustrates that the feeling in Rome is that here in Britain we do have some outstanding priests, who outside of the "magic circle", who are actually being mentioned for this key position.
One of the rumours is that Cardinal Pell is the "king-maker", last time he was in the UK there were rumours about Abbot Hugh Gilbert. Cardinal Pell and several others seem to regard England as being a source of parasitic liberalism within the Anglophone world.
The name now being mentioned is Fr Alexander Sherbrooke, apparently Cardinal Stafford holds him in high regard and has been carefully putting his name about in the right places. Cardinal Pell, I think is, a friend of his, he is certainly an admirer of his pastoral strategies.
Like all rumours one should take this one with a pinch of salt. I report it here because Fr Sherbrooke seems to reflect the type of person that Rome seems to be looking for in a bishop, someone who is committed to "radical orthodoxy" and thinking with the Church, who is capable of understanding the Church in terms of "mission" rather than "maintenance", above all he is not hidebound by conservative liberalism.
Fr Sherbrooke is radical but he also has "establishment credentials", which foreign prelates regard as being important in England, he is an old Etonian, a former confident of the Princess Diana set. He is likely to be a popular choice too with many of the Westminster clergy.
Interestingl, I haven't heard his name being suggested before.