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To: dangus
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.
28 posted on 03/11/2013 8:28:03 PM PDT by twister881
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To: twister881

With the especially long delay before the conclave, I’m certainly hearing lots of reports of different camps this time. Not so much traditionalists vs. liberals as reformers vs. institution-conservationalists (i.e., people who don’t want to rock the curial structure too much.)

A LOT of the fault for this may lie with the Americans; they’ve already been told to knock off the press conferences, because the “Vaticanologists” have been reading into their comments, but they’re still blogging and chatting away. If these reports have any salt to them whatsoever, I’d expect Italian Angelo Scola is the next pope, but I thought he had the best resume going in.


29 posted on 03/12/2013 5:13:25 AM PDT by dangus
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