Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Here's What Happened in the Conclave This Morning

They've had 3 ballots.  Still no Pope. The LA Times is reporting there's division among the Cardinals, but there's really no way for them to know that. 

From the things I've read, the lunch they're now having is actually the key moment in the Conclave.  After the first ballot, they had some sense of the range of candidates people were thinking about.  After this ballot, that range should have narrowed quite a bit, maybe even down to 2 or 3. So, now it's down to the real horse-trading, asking themselves and one another which one do they want. 

If the different groups are able to come to some agreement, they'll go back and resolve things probably by tomorrow.  

And if there's still no Pope by the end of tomorrow, it likely means none of the major candidates are going to be able to get that 77 votes they need. In which case they go back to the drawing board. 

If I had to bet, I'd say the main contenders right now are Scola, one of the South Americans and either Schonborn or someone very much outside the obvious -- O'Malley from Boston, Dolan from New York,  Ouellet from Quebec. 

We shall see.

Also, this is happening:

Which Jim Martin is calling a great advertisement for the Holy Spirit.

Stay tuned...


Anonymous said...

Hi Fr. Jim ... Love your blog and your sense of humour. Incidentally, I always though Lando Calrissian was a seriously cool dude - just don't tell Han Solo I said that. Kidding aside, I am seriously hoping that Cardinal Schonborn will be "the man". A very brilliant chap, by all accounts, but more importantly, he looks like a person with a truly good heart. Keeping my fingers crossed, and sending prayers up to Heaven that he'll be the one standing at the Benediction Loggia.

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