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Using tournament brackets to pick the next Pope
NPR ^ | February 27, 2013 | Mark Memmott

Posted on 03/04/2013 2:31:11 AM PST by Daffynition

For many Americans, this March Madness will be the same as ever: brackets, ruined brackets, buzzer beaters and praying Duke doesn't win.

Unlike in years past, the NCAA tournament won't be the only March Madness competing for headlines. Sometime next month, the College of Cardinals will meet at the Vatican to begin their conclave, which will select the successor to Pope Benedict XVI.

Because brackets are the greatest invention since the printing press, the folks at religionnews.com fused the two competitions and put together a tournament of 16 leading contenders for the papacy. They called it "The Sweet Sistine," which makes me think someone came up with that awesome name first, then decided to fill in the brackets.

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Sooner or later, this was bound to happen. “Sweet Sistine Brackets”


1 posted on 03/04/2013 2:31:19 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

Only from NPR...


2 posted on 03/04/2013 2:52:43 AM PST by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Daffynition

Nope......he’s gonna be black. Imagine -— the FIRST Black Pope! I mean, it worked out so well here in the US for our President, didn’t it?


3 posted on 03/04/2013 2:53:38 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Northern Yankee

It’s one of the few times that NPR got it right. It is a tournament...with no doubt.


4 posted on 03/04/2013 2:59:01 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: Gaffer

5 posted on 03/04/2013 3:06:19 AM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: pepsionice

Certainly sustained by the Holy Spirit.


6 posted on 03/04/2013 3:06:47 AM PST by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Daffynition

A Philippine pope would actually make a lot of sense. It’s a poor, third-world, Asian, somewhat Hispanic, English-speaking and VERY Catholic country and they’re even more Marist/Marian than Poland, as I understand it.


7 posted on 03/04/2013 3:09:24 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: Daffynition

I thought they would’ve favored the Celebrity Death Match methodology of Papal Selection.


8 posted on 03/04/2013 3:12:18 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: pepsionice

No, it’s a single vote - albeit with possible multiple castings.


9 posted on 03/04/2013 3:20:25 AM PST by vladimir998
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To: Cvengr

10 posted on 03/04/2013 3:45:23 AM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Maybe a Philppino wouldn't be a quitter.


11 posted on 03/04/2013 3:47:37 AM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Daffynition
Not funny. He's blind in one eye, has difficulty walking and is 86. You could not possibly understand the stress and burdens of his position. Nor can you obviously understand a person who has such humility that he steps aside for the good of the church. I feel sorry for you.

In fact, this whole thread is disrespectful. I've been a Freeper for a long time. But it certainly has it's share of Catholic bashers. Instead of cutesy cartoons, how about offering up a little prayer that the Holy Spirit leads the conclave to bring us a good man of God to lead this church of 1 Billion.

12 posted on 03/04/2013 4:27:34 AM PST by CWW (Pray for God's Protection!)
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To: Daffynition

In other news:
“American Cardinal to be chosen as Pope from the outskirts of the great NE megalopolis. Will chose the name Pope Suburban I. “

Copyright Vaquero 2013


13 posted on 03/04/2013 4:27:34 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Gaffer
Nope......he’s gonna be black. Imagine -— the FIRST Black Pope! I mean, it worked out so well here in the US for our President, didn’t it?

I think you're right. The funny thing is many of those African bishops are extremely conservative, so the leftist drones in the media will be applauding at first, then when he takes a hard line against all their pet causes like homosexual marriage, abortion , gvt mandated birth control they'll soon be singing a different tune. Don't forget those African churches have first hand knowledge of what the "religion of peace" really is, he may not be so eager to sympathize with mohammedanism.

For me , if he's a man of faith, and holds orthodox positions I don't care where he's from.

14 posted on 03/04/2013 4:31:13 AM PST by YankeeReb
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To: Gaffer

“It worked out so well here in the US” No it didn’t! And this next selection won’t either, regardless of who they pick. This next pope will make obama look little child. Popular speculation by proponents of the prophecy attach this prediction to Benedict XVI’s anticipated successor. He is: Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills [i.e. Rome] will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End. These prophecies attributed to Saint Malachy, Archbishop of Armagh. Oh and He’s no closet Protestant.


15 posted on 03/04/2013 4:41:50 AM PST by Colorado Cowgirl (God bless America!)
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To: Daffynition
Oh, Dear Lord ....

Okay, "Sweet Sistine" is funny.

16 posted on 03/04/2013 4:55:10 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: Daffynition

Vote for Pedro!


17 posted on 03/04/2013 5:04:34 AM PST by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: Vaquero
"American Cardinal to be chosen as Pope from the outskirts of the great NE megalopolis...."

Omaha has a cardinal?

18 posted on 03/04/2013 8:49:05 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: YankeeReb

I don’t care either where he’s from as long as he is a deeply religious, apolitical and nonracist, nonperverted individual.

My only comment about my comment is that when/if they elect a black man pope, it won’t be because any of the above I stated. It will be because of the same reasons Obama was elected.


19 posted on 03/04/2013 9:52:15 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Colorado Cowgirl

Gee....sorry....I really didn’t think I needed a ‘sarc’ tag on my comment. Based on what’s happened with Obama and the rest of the world so far, I fully expect we are in a handbasket ride to hell, if you ask me.


20 posted on 03/04/2013 9:54:29 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

There have already been three Popes from Africa.


21 posted on 03/04/2013 10:22:23 AM PST by pbear8 (the Lord is my light and my salvation)
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To: pbear8

Three black ones?


22 posted on 03/04/2013 10:24:23 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: CWW
This is from 2011 Christmas letter from my Catholic friend who lives in France...French Riviera.

"After Christophe left I went to Rome to attend an international colloquium on Adoration. It was a very intense 4 days! The teachings and testimonies were excellent and the worship most uplifting. It was a contrast but also a confirmation of my “normal” day at home, which includes a prolonged time of prayer in solitude. Among the 300 attendees were many priests, bishops and 5 cardinals. It ended with mass with Pope Benedict XVI, and I was seated close to the altar. Before I left Rome, I got to pray at the tomb of Blessed John-Paul II. I came home just in time for the First Communion of Claude’s goddaughter, followed by the Confirmation of the daughter of one of my goddaughters."

I think she would be appalled by some comments made to non-Catholics from Catholics. I don't judge all Catholics by FR CAtholics!

BTW, I had email from her yesterday and she just returned from the Vatican ... "with Pope Benedict." FWIW, she said rumors are running wild.

23 posted on 03/04/2013 11:01:50 AM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Daffynition
I hear they will soon choose another,....as soon as they scratch the winning card...


24 posted on 03/04/2013 11:41:54 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Gaffer
The three "African" popes so far are:

St. Victor I (189-199), from Africa, perhaps Leptis Magna (modern Libya)
St. Miltiades (or Melchiades) (310 or 311 to 314), from Africa
St. Gelasius I (492-496), natione Afer but Romanus natus, probably meaning he was born in Rome but his family was from North Africa.

There is nothing to indicate that any of the three are what would be considered "black" in the US.

25 posted on 03/04/2013 11:49:56 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

Where in my original post did I even mention the thought of an AFRICAN pope? I did not. You just confuse what I said. I can google just like you and knew no one can prove anything subtantive re: the confirmed race of these subject popes.


26 posted on 03/04/2013 11:54:41 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: CWW

If the RCC were sincere to their asserted dogma, they wouldn’t accept the resignation.

Consider Paul and the other Apostles.

Paul repeatedly believed he was to return to Jerusalem to minister to his brethren, but that was not God’s Plan for him. He was appointed to be the Apostle to the Gentiles and sent to Rome to witness to them.

Every time Paul attempted to divert his path, adversity lay in his path, even prison, and even prison didn’t redirect Paul from his appointed destiny.

The RCC has asserted the Pope is chosen by God through the the Conclave of Bishops. If this is true, then the RCC should instead be reassuring the Pope not to abdicate his position, regardless the adversity.

The present situation shows the world that either the appointment by the Conclave of Cardinals is not holy or they fail to place faith in God in that selection. In either case, a more fundamental change in thinking is required for a body of believers which substitutes anything for first a faith in Christ, in all thinking.

It is obvious the RCC ritualism appeals much more to worldliness, than the new man who lives through faith in Christ in all thinking, in all things.


27 posted on 03/04/2013 12:07:22 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Gaffer
I took your comment in post #22 to mean that you were skeptical about the African popes being black, as I am. I didn't go back to see if you had earlier comments on the same subject on this thread.

Given the makeup of the College of Cardinals, I doubt they will pick a black pope who isn't from Africa (say, Haiti or the US), but anyway the situation isn't comparable to US politics--to be chosen to be a cardinal, you have to have a track record of accomplishment in order to impress the pope to select you (admittedly some bad choices are made from time to time like Mahony or Law) and there is no affirmative action in play. Without favoritism and racial gerrymandering, Obama would still be a community organizer in Chicago--with a law degree from a night school rather than from Harvard.

28 posted on 03/04/2013 12:53:13 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Gaffer

I pray that you’re wrong. The last thing we need is an affirmative action pope.


29 posted on 03/04/2013 12:56:19 PM PST by YankeeReb
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To: Cvengr

LOL....I understand in Europe, bookies and prediction markets get hot and heavy for the papal election stuff. :)


30 posted on 03/04/2013 2:44:46 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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