Saturday, September 24, 2005

There goes that vow of silence

An unnamed Roman Catholic cardinal, risking excommunication, has revealed to an Italian magazine his diary accounts of the April conclave that elected Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI. The magazine's report reveals that Ratzinger got 84 of the 115 votes on the final ballot -- fewer than his two immediate predecessors are thought to have received -- and that Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio of Argentina was the runner-up.

It's unclear why the anonymous cardinal chose to leak now, but one has to wonder if the recent leak of a proposed Vatican ban on gay seminary students had anything to do with it. Regardless, as a Vatican observer said, "It does seem that somebody wants to indicate that the conclave was a more complex process than was being depicted and that Benedict's mandate was not a slam dunk."


Blogger RightDemocrat said...

I really thought that the Cardinals would select a Pope from Latin America, Africa or Asia. Europe is no longer a growth area for the Catholic Church or any other Christian denomination.

As a Southern Baptist friend of the Catholic Church, I have a suggestion for the Vatican if it wants to reduce the percentage of gays in ministry. Try allowing priests to marry or be married (heterosexually, that is !) and I think it will help to solve the problem. A lot more well adjusted young Catholic men would consider the priesthood and probably a number of Catholic family men (some of whom are already serving the church as deacons) would step forward to enter the priesthood. The priest shortage would be resolved quickly and the Catholic Church (and Christianity) would emerge as a much stronger force in the world.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Daedalus said...

Now, that is interesting. I wonder what would possess the guy to leak.

I snickered at your use of "slam dunk." :)

9:09 PM  

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