- Jul 12, 2020
Three common objections that arise anytime the conversation turns to the next pope turn out to be all bunk.
My experience over more than 20 years is that an informal version of “Pope Simulator” – admittedly without a slick graphics interface – is already the favorite indoor sport of the Catholic Church, and has been ever since I can remember.
For those of us fascinated by the Vatican and its vicissitudes, here’s a lockdown-inspired thought experiment: What would happen if Pope Francis were to die or resign right now?
A report that Pope Francis is wearing a previously undisclosed medical device turned out to be bogus, but there are still lessons to be learned.
One was exiled to Siberia for anti-Soviet activities. One volunteered to replace one of the six Jesuits gunned down during El Salvador’s civil war. One suffered a demotion in the post-9/11 era as a casualty of the Vatican’s bungled Islam policy.
After the consistory to create new cardinals on Oct. 5, Pope Francis will have chosen more than half of the men who will enter the Sistine Chapel to elect his successor.