They've always done that, if not an Italian, a European.<quoted text>
The numbers out of Europe for the Church of Rome are even grimmer then they are here in the US. They no longer can claim to be the Heart of Christendom, or the Christian world.
By the way the Bishop of Rome just appointed a large number of European Cardinal-Electors to help prevent the possibility of the next Bishop of Rome not being a European.
Sort of like incest, it's all in the family..........