Metropolitan Hilarion: ‘I Hope That the New Pope is a Traditionalist’

Rorate Caeli: We bring to the attention of the dear Lord Cardinals the important ecumenical desire of the Russian Orthodox Church, as expressed by the head of the Department of External Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion:

“It is very likely that the new Pope will be italian, as before John Paul II”: it is the prediction given to public television Vesti 24 by Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Department of External Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate. … “I hope that the new Pope is a traditionalist,” he concluded. [Italian news agency ANSA]
  • While its somewhat aggressive words against Rorate Coeli seem to me unnecessary, the site “Opus Publicum” has come valuable contrasting/clarifying comments on what Metropolitan Hilarion’s words mean in their Russian Orthodox context:

    http://modestinus.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/traditionalism-east-and-west/

    In sum, the word “traditionalist” — even “[Roman] Catholic traditionalist” — is not used univocally by Roman traditionalists and the Russian Orthodox.

    Still, it’s good that the Metropolitan said what he did. It may motivate come of the Sacred College to vote for a conservative Cardinal for “ecumenical” reasons.

    Who first said, “God works in strange ways”?