U2’s Bono a long shot to be next pope

The odds on Bono, who is not Catholic, becoming pope are currently 1000/1, presumably because they cannot go higher. (AJC photo)

The odds on Bono, who is not Catholic, becoming pope are currently 1000/1, presumably because software limitations will not allow a bigger number. (AJC photo)

The wages of sin is death, the Bible tells us, but that’s not stopping gamblers from trying to make serious shekels by picking the next pope.

ABC News reports betting on the next pontiff may be the biggest non-sports gamble in Internet history for one online bookie, Ireland-based Paddy Power. In 2005, before Pope Benedict XVI was selected, Paddy Power took in more than $1 million euros from papal prognosticators. This year, they expect a lot more.

Currently, Paddy Power bettors are betting the next pope will be Italian.

At Paddy Power, Archbishop Angelo Scola, from Italy, is a 7-2 bet, meaning a bettor would get $7 for placing a successful $2 bet.

Other contenders are literally all over the map.

An early favorite, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, from Canada, has fallen to 4/1.

Another early favorite, Cardinal Francis Arinze, from Nigeria, has plummeted to 10/1 odds.

Oddschecker.com, which aggregates the odds from 17 online bookies, has Ouellet in the lead, with Scola in third. Cardinal Peter Turkson, from Ghana, places 2nd overall there.

Winning the lottery is long odds, but spending $1 on the Mega Millions is probably a safer investment than going large on some of the Vatican longshots.

The money lost by taking 1000/1 odds on U2 singer Bono becoming the next Bishop of Rome will definitely NOT benefit education in Georgia.

6 comments Add your comment


February 13th, 2013
5:06 pm

I’m putting my $ on the Dalai Lama. He’s a longshot, but, would be the best candidate for the job.


February 13th, 2013
5:51 pm

Bono ? Came on! He is a great humanitarian and all-round great guy, but Pope? But what the heck ? Read somwhere that according to the rules and tradition, the College of Cardinals can pick anyone to be Pope. But that ain’t going to happen…

david c

February 13th, 2013
7:37 pm

He’s about as morally bankrupt.

Fred ™

February 13th, 2013
7:48 pm

Who is about as morally bankrupt david c? Your dad? And who is he as morally bankrupt as? A Southern Baptist preacher?


February 13th, 2013
10:24 pm

Bono is not a viable candidate. Myself and others have actually worked to prevent him from winning Nobel Prizes by providing documentation to the Nobel Committee members from Doctors Without Borders regarding the reckless and negligent conduct of the Live Aid Concert back in the 80’s—and how the organizers such as Bono refused to acknowlege that the famine was caused artificially by the Socialist regime to “smoke out” the rebels during the Ethiopian conflict. Much Live Aid money was diverted to that government to buy arms, while food rotted on ships. Doctors Without Borders’ report was scathing; a condemnation of the idealists like Bono choosing to conveniently look the other way…simply so they could promote themselves as “humanitarians”…when in fact, their diverted financing was responsible for extending that civil war another seven years; causing the death of scores of thousands of people. Bono will never get a Nobel Prize; and he won’t be Pope either. The lesson of naive idealism enabling atrocity; shall not rewarded.

Hughie Hogg

February 14th, 2013
1:52 pm

My money is on Father Guido Sarducci.