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(Guardian)   Will Tebow be requested to walk the catwalk? Can Larry find a stall to his liking? Will Mel go full Henry VIII? It's your first day of Papal Conclave: Searching for Johnny (Paul) number 3   ( guardian.co.uk) divider line
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2013-03-12 01:43:42 PM  
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We know how they vote, which is by paper ballots which are burned. We know a few sketchy details of a few of the events leading up to the conclave. But that is about all that is known. Once the cardinals go into the Sistine Chapel and the doors are locked, nothing is known about how they conduct their business. The security is tight and the cardinals are sworn to secrecy. To my knowledge, no cardinal has ever discussed the process. The people in the media claiming they have in depth process are simply speculating and passing on rumors as facts.
2013-03-12 01:21:07 PM  
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RminusQ: /except for the obvious jokes, everything else there is accurate at least to what the current rules are

So, do they have more...um..."sack races" during the orgy?  That bit was serious, right?

(Kidding; thanks for info for us non-Catholics.)


Great Porn Dragon: the amusing mental image of the Conclave playing rousing games of "Duck Duck Pope" did come to mind :D

2013-03-12 12:40:38 PM  
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JackieRabbit: dletter: Question I don't know the answer to.... do they release the "voting" at all on each 'round', or is it basically just either "No pope" or "pope" (with the whole smoke thing)?    I mean, this doesn't happen that often, so, didn't know if they were maybe trying to "modernize" it or remove a little bit of the "cloak" on the process as well.

/wait, this is the Catholic Church I'm talking about

No one knows the manner in which the College of Cardinals selects the pope. It is one of the world's best kept secrets and they have no intention of changing their process. Remember, the RCC is just now modernizing few of their more ridiculous 14th century dogmas. There's still be an Inquisition if the Church had more power.

Well, we don't know how they decide, but we know to a pretty decent degree the process by which they elect a new pope. So to answer dletter's questions, the idea is:

1. Tonight, after they all are sworn in, someone yells "Extra omens!" which is Latin for "LOL GTFO".
2. They take a vote.
3. On all future days, they will take two morning votes and two afternoon votes. After every three days, they hold a day of prayer and best two-out-of-three sack races.

Voting procedure: There are three levels of Cardinal, "Bishop", "Priest", and "Deacon". One of each is randomly selected to count the votes, one of each to read the votes, and one of each to tally the votes.
1. By seniority, they go to a specific place and write down the name of the person they are voting for and fold it up.
2. After all vote, the counters count to make sure there's the right number.
3. The readers each read the name, with the last one saying it aloud. The tallyers make their marks.
4. After the votes are all counted, the tallyers confirm with each other if anyone has a two-thirds majority. No matter how long the voting takes, 2/3 will be needed.
5. If nobody wins, they go to the second vote right away.
6. After two failed votes, they go all Fallout Boy and light it up-up-up on fire! "It" being all the ballots and any notes the cardinals may have been taking. Chemicals are added to paint it black.
7. If someone wins, after he confirms that he will accept, they burn everything but add different chemicals to make it white. Then they all have a big ol' orgy right before they open the gates.

/except for the obvious jokes, everything else there is accurate at least to what the current rules are
2013-03-12 09:37:18 AM  
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2013-03-12 09:20:25 AM  
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Butterfinger: I've been waiting to hear when the Cardinals were going to test the free agency market. It's about time.

That would be choosing a pope by unanimous acclimation, which allows them to pick any male on the planet.

It's never actually happened, but it's covered in the rules.
2013-03-12 09:13:09 AM  
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Tim Tebow: I'm there right now, bro.


Is Tebow even Catholic? I thought he was evangelical of a stripe that usually considers Catholics heretics and the Hail Mary blasphemy.
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