Saturday, September 24, 2005
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Wild Portuguese cigar orgies in Vatican!!!
Well, no, not exactly. But the AP's Nicole Winfield does have some new information on the conclave that eleated Cardinal Ratzinger to Pope Benedict XVI:
Wow, that last paragraph had some spicy info, let me tell you.
This is one of those stories where the news is not in the content but in the fact that someone made it public. [What about the prospect of a Latin American pope?--ed. Possible, but prior second-place finishers are far from guaranteed to be viable candidates in the next round of voting. That said, I'm sure Andrew Sullivan or Stephen Bainbridge could parse out further meaning.]
UPDATE: Ed Morrissey is saddened at this news, believing that, "[this] comes as a sad commentary that even the princes of the church cannot be trusted with secrets any longer, except those which specifically benefit themselves."
Hmmm... as someone who occasionally studies closed-off regimes, I can't say I agree.posted by Dan on 09.24.05 at 03:13 PM
What about the prospect of a Latin pope? --ed
Please tell us this is ironic.posted by: Mitchell Young on 09.24.05 at 03:13 PM [permalink]
"even the princes of the church cannot be trusted with secrets any longer, except those which specifically benefit themselves."
Never mind the gaggle of princes of the church who couldn't be trusted with your daughter, your wallet, an untended wineglass, or a sharp implement.posted by: Jon H on 09.24.05 at 03:13 PM [permalink]
I think Jon H above means "your son".posted by: John Salmon on 09.24.05 at 03:13 PM [permalink]
Cute jabs at church guys but really, was it needed? As it pertains to the prospect of a Latin Pope: I would actually asume that the matter is more of a question of whether the next Pope will be from the Third World, and it seems very likely that the next Pope may be from there given that is where the church is growing the most. It does bear mentioning that for those of us in West who would like to see a more 'liberal' Pope (my-self not included), that would be much less likely if in fact a Latin, African or South-East Asian Cardinal becomes Pope.posted by: Luke P on 09.24.05 at 03:13 PM [permalink]
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