If I understand correctly, aren’t there a small (3?) number of candidates put forward? It’s much harder to play that game when there are 115+ candidates. The permutations are just too difficult to fathom. I could only suggest that the selection of Carol Wojtyla and Joseph Ratzinger as the last two popes suggests that didn’t happen.
posted on 03/10/2013 8:04:11 PM PDT
Yes, usually 3-5 candidates, with a couple of presumptive frontrunners, formerly one traditionalist and one liberal. Now it's one leftist and one radical leftist. The pre-conclave meetings are where the handicapping and coalition building are occurring. Have even heard sporadic news reports of this, and yes, involving traditionalists versus liberals. It may be the Holy Spirit at work inside the Sistine Chapel, but it's human nature at work outside of it.
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