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April 04, 2005

Cardinal Electors.

Francis has a nice comment on how the election of the new Pope will run and I’ve got just two minor things to add (one already in the comments over there).

Let’s, for a moment, assume that the whole religion thing as enumerated by the Catholic Church is correct.
This then stops being an election at all. It is, according to those rules, the Holy Spirit who reveals to the Cardinals who is God’s choice.
A different way of looking at it I think, and one to bear in mind as journalists tell us all about the politics going on inside the Conclave.

There’s also this nice list of the current Cardinals, divided into electors and non-such. I have to admit that I don’t know how Cardinals view being a part of a Papal Election, is it something that they look foward to? Desperately want to be a part of? Or is their 80th birthday, when they are no longer allowed to take part, something of a relief? Wanting to be a part of history, something that has only happened so far a couple of hundred times?  Or happy not to have to take the responsibility?

An interesting idea for some budding journalist would be to go and interview this guy:

H.E. Antonio José Card. GONZáLEZ ZUMáRRAGA

80 (Born Wednesday, March 18, 1925)

I suggest the question "So, Your Eminence, were you praying for Il Papa to hang on in there or do you think he should have gone to his heavenly reward a few weeks earlier?"

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The proposition that The Holy Ghost does not visit octogenarians will surely be illegal under the imminent EU anti-ageism laws?

Posted by: dearieme | Apr 4, 2005 11:41:03 AM

Note that point one is dangerously close to the "tempting God" sin - which is mentioned in the Greeley book BTW. According to this doctrine, sitting back and picking a name out of a hat and trustung that the holy spirit guides your choice is a sin of omission. (But its a good point & needs to go in my post)

Posted by: Francis | Apr 4, 2005 11:59:54 AM

What happens if a Cardinal turns 80 during the conclave?

Posted by: Ken | Apr 4, 2005 3:05:00 PM

ken, he will be the one who gets to light the fire

Posted by: Anoneumouse | Apr 4, 2005 3:29:16 PM

Tim illustrates the axiom that, if one is ignorant about something, the thing to do is to remain silent.

Posted by: George | Apr 4, 2005 4:48:51 PM

Ken, the moment of the death of pope is relevant.

Tim, I have seen one Slovak Cardinal (Cardinal Tomko) on TV (he turned 80 last year) who stated that he is sorry he cant be a part of the Conclave. But he wasnt desperate because of it.
Somehow, I dont think the Cardinals have that strong emotions about it.

Posted by: lemuel | Apr 4, 2005 6:22:37 PM