The Conclave: Personal Relationships

conclaveWhile I am not a Catholic, I am very sympathetic to the concerns and insights of many of my Catholic brothers and sisters. Here are a few thoughts on the current papal conclave. I think that it first of all is important to remember during this papal conclave that there are a lot of behind-the-scenes things of which the media does not seem to be aware. Right now most of the media are concentrating on the demographic and geo-political dimensions of the choice of a pope. But my suspicion is that there are other factors which are probably more important even than geo-political considerations to the cardinals who are participating in the conclave. I mean in particular the personal relationships formed over many years among the various different members of the College of Cardinals. Continue reading

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