Leading Vatican commentator Paolo Rodari says that Bishop Bernard Longley, a conservative auxiliary bishop from Westminster, will be named Archbishop of Westminster today.
If the news is true, then the Pope is indicating a change of direction for the Church in England and Wales: the Oxford-educated Bishop Longley, 53, is notably friendly to the traditional Latin Mass, and not a member of the Magic Circle. He is also popular, a fine public speaker (with a splendidly patrician voice) and a man who impresses with a quiet, warm manner.
Rodari was right about Timothy Dolan for New York, so everyone is taking this tip very seriously. More on the story later. But what a good choice this would be.