Papal conclave Archives - Crux



  • Reflections on ‘Tettamanzi lesson’ for handicapping papal elections

    Reflections on ‘Tettamanzi lesson’ for handicapping papal elections

    Italian Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi of Milan, for much of his tenure, was considered a slam-dunk obvious candidate to be pope. In the end, he had no real traction, which illustrates a key insight about papal conclaves: Like most other electoral exercises, sometimes front-runners win, and other times they vanish before your very eyes.

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  • Pope’s cardinal picks could make the next conclave a wild ride

    Pope’s cardinal picks could make the next conclave a wild ride

    Since the most important thing cardinals ever do typically is elect a pope, one time-honored way of assessing consistories, the events in which new cardinals are created, is to ask what they mean for the politics of the next conclave. In the case of Pope Francis’s consistories, however, probably the only honest answer to that question is, “Who knows?”

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  • How Pope Francis and his conservative critics may both be right

    How Pope Francis and his conservative critics may both be right

    Both Pope Francis and his conservative critics are trying to uphold legitimate and important values — reaching out to the world in a pastoral fashion for Francis, clarifying and defending doctrine for the critics. Seeing things from the other’s perspective at least helps us respect where they’re coming from.

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  • Turkson a credible successor to Francis, but not the only one

    For those who will be looking to support continuity with Pope Francis in the next papal election, African cardinal Peter Turkson is certainly at the top of many lists, but there are other plausible candidates, including one who may surprise you.

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  • Has Pope Francis seen his sister since he was elected?

    Q. I have tried in vain to find out whether Pope Francis has ever had the chance to visit in person with his only surviving sibling since he was elected pope. (I have read that she — Maria Elena Bergoglio, his youngest sister — has not been well.) Will Pope

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  • Deal with it: Francis is the pope

    British writer and veteran Catholic professional Austen Ivereigh has a terrific new book out called The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope. Among other things, he’s masterful in explaining how navigating the ideologically charged period of Argentina’s “Dirty War” prepared the pontiff to try to hold

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