Former Milwaukee Archbishop Dolan's odds shrinking to be picked as Pope

CREATED Feb 28, 2013 - UPDATED: Feb 28, 2013

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VATICAN CITY - As Pope Benedict XVI bids farewell to his flock and becomes Pope Emeritus, the odds are even more firmly against a former Milwaukee Archbishop getting the nod to replace him.

An Irish gambling web site has shrunk the odds for current New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan in the "race" to take the job.

As of 5:00 a.m. CT Thursday, Dolan had 33-1 odds of being chosen by the College of Cardinals.

On Feb. 11, just after Pope Benedict announced his resignation, Dolan had 25-1 odds.

"Dolan has the right attitude, to simply surrender to the will of the Holy Spirit," said Fr. Robert Barron, who appeared live from the Vatican on TODAY'S TMJ4's "Live at Daybreak."

Milan Cardinal Angelo Scola and Ghana Cardinal Peter Turkson each have 3-1 odds of receiving the nod.

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, from Italy, is next at 4-1.

Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who is from Quebec, has the highest odds of any North American to take the job, at 4-1.

Former La Crosse Bishop Cardinal Raymond Burke, who is the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, has 80-1 odds.

Cardinal Dolan will join NBC's "Today" after Live at Daybreak on TODAY'S TMJ4.