Endive Wombat: what do they use to make the smoke white?yes, this is the most important question.
ariseatex: Weaver95: hmm. well that was quicker than I expected.Hasn't it been only two days of conclaving for the past two popes too? Maybe they wanted to keep the streak going.
TheOther: Wouldn't that be Peter?
RexTalionis: My prediction for pope:Cardinal Angelo Scola will be Pope Peter II.
what_now: Excellent job, Subby.I have a feeling this is one of those headlines that was thought up in advance, like mine for when Dick Cheney dies.
Edwardo17: durbnpoisn: Good. Can we just get over this already?Speaking as a non-Catholic, I find it completely absurd that the news media is portraying this as some sort of gigantic event for all of humanity. My coffee will still taste the same tomorrow... In other words, it means less than nothing to me.Also speaking as a non-Catholic; the fact that you happen to think that it's not a big event says nothing about whether or not is actually is a major event. The Catholic Church is one of the largest, oldest, and most influential organizations in the history of civilization. Period. There are over 1.2 billion Catholics, and over 400,000 priests in the Church - not including the monastic orders, lay orders, and other affiliated organizations. The Pope has a remarkable amount of influence in the doctrinal decisions of the church, and church policy influences state policy in dozens of nations all over the world. The political and theological positions of the next pope will help to shape the church's stance on contraception, abortion, the status of women, and a host of other social and theological issues for the next several decades at least.You can think it's absurd; you're free to feel that it means nothing to you. But let's be honest; the election of a new pope isa big deal.
NeoCortex42: That was a much quicker decision than I expected. I figured we'd be going another day or two.
NittLion78: Quick, someone reset the "# OF DAYS SINCE LAST SEX ABUSE SCANDAL IGNORED BY POPE" counter to 0!
Irving Maimway: gas giant: A second pope has hit the world tra...Oh, f*ck it.Maybe they elected Berlusconi.No way. He's straight and not a pedophile.
Dr Dreidel: Was it an African cardinal elevated to the papacy? Can I make my "Ill Papa" joke yet?
vernonFL: NeoCortex42: Wasn't Peter Jewish?Wasn't Jesus Jewish?But, yeah, Peter was the first Jewish Pope.
Bathia_Mapes: Endive Wombat: what do they use to make the smoke white?yes, this is the most important question.I don't know if things have changed over the years, but traditionally the white smoke was from the ballots being burned by themselves. The black smoke from damp straw added to the stove where the ballots are burned. However, someone told me the other day that nowadays they use some kind of chemical additive to make the black smoke.
what_now: I have a feeling this is one of those headlines that was thought up in advance, like mine for when Dick Cheney dies.
HoratioGates: Papal election is fine.Papal erection, not so much. Less hope this one isn't a pedophile.
digitalrain: As a Catholic, I'm very nervous about our new Pope, whoever he may be. Will he continue on with the status quo or will he really step up do what is needed for the Church. We need someone whose kneejerk reaction ISN'T "hide the skeletons as far back in the closet as humanly possible". I can't think of anything in recent times that has damaged the Church's credibility as much as the issue of child molestation and covering up for those clergy who preyed on the most innocent among their congregation.People would have a lot more respect for the Church if the powers that be had just stepped up and said "we've uncovered monsters in our midst and are turning him over to the authorities".
robsul82: Good news - the frontrunner for the Papacy said feminism is the reason for homosexual men.
durbnpoisn: Good. Can we just get over this already?Speaking as a non-Catholic, I find it completely absurd that the news media is portraying this as some sort of gigantic event for all of humanity. My coffee will still taste the same tomorrow... In other words, it means less than nothing to me.
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