“It’s up to the Holy Spirit,” Shank said. “It is the inspiration of the Holy Spirit who comes upon the cardinals, and they pick because it is God’s choice. I can’t emphasize that enough.’’
John Cronin, 76, of North Andover, a parishioner at St. Michael Church in that town, said he doesn’t have much of an opinion on the talk about O’Malley becoming pope.
“There’s one guy that’s going to make the decision, and we can’t talk to him. It’s got to be by the Holy Spirit,” Cronin said. “Whatever he does, I know it’s going to be OK, because God doesn’t make mistakes. We do.”
Staff Writer Mark E. Vogler contributed to this report.