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  •  Francis Was Also Elected Pretty Quickly (1+ / 0-)
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    I think it was only five ballots which was faster than anticipated suggesting he had a good chuck of support going into the conclave and that it only took a few ballots to get him over the needed threshold of 2/3.

    A big factor in Benedict's election was a feeling that he would be in a good position to clean up the mess in the curia.  He was seen as being in the curia but not of it.  That didn't work and as the curia problems got even worse under Benedict there was a view that they needed someone who was not even in it.

    Thus, word has been, that any cardinal associated with the curia was a non-starter as was any Italian.

    “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

    by RoIn on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 11:20:32 AM PDT

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