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  •  Don't know what happened in the conclave (1+ / 0-)
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    wasn't there.  He certainly was not anyone who made the early predictions*  But yes, the college of cardinals is, by definition, made up of company men.

    Would more lay input be healthy? Absolutely - although even that could end up driven by big money, like our elections here, leaving representation from the third world, for example, meaningless.  In this system a third world cardinal's vote weighs as much as an Italian's, so I can't say.

    * He wasn't even in the Sweet Sistine.

    If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    by marykk on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 07:03:53 AM PDT

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    •  Here's an article that expresses (10+ / 0-)

      my points a bit more coherently:

      The Conclave’s Fixed Ways

      And now the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church retreat into the Sistine Chapel, hordes of journalists flitting breathlessly around St. Peter’s Square, one question above many others hanging in the air. Will the next pope chart a course of truly significant change for the church, which could certainly use some changing?

      The answer is in the very nature and composition of the conclave. No.

      The 115 electors, who are also the candidates, are much more alike than different. They’re all men, of course, and they were all elevated to their positions by one of the last two popes, who often rewarded leaders with theological orientations mirroring their own. This is a recipe for continuity, not upheaval.

      That's something like Reagan & Bush (the elder) appointing 115 of their peers to select their successor.  Would we have gotten Bill Clinton?

      (he hehe he hehehe meh - actually, we may have!)

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