Friday, September 23, 2005

How Papa got to be Papa

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Uh oh. Not good. However, I'm pretty sure this doesn't mean excommunication for the unnamed cardinal in question, since I assume it wasn't he who gave the newspaper the information. So, probably he didn't intentionally reveal anything ...

From the AP:

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI was elected with 84 votes and Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was second with 26 after four rounds of voting during April's conclave, according to a cardinal's unauthorized diary that was published Friday.

The anonymous diary appeared in the respected Italian political magazine Limes. The magazine said it obtained the diary from a "trustworthy" source it had known for years.

Benedict was elected April 19 after two days of voting — one of the shortest conclaves in a century. Cardinals entering the conclave are subject to a vow of secrecy, and the penalty for violating it is excommunication ...

... In the first round of voting, Benedict, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, received 47 votes and Bergoglio, the Jesuit archbishop of Buenos Aires, received 10. Italian cardinals Carlo Maria Martini and Camillo Ruini had nine and six votes, respectively.

Ratzinger also led the second ballot with 65 votes, while Bergoglio received 35. In the third round of voting, Ratzinger got 72 votes and Bergoglio 40.

Ratzinger needed 77 votes in the final round to win the necessary two-thirds majority of the 115 voting cardinals. He got 84, Bergoglio got 26, and three other cardinals also registered one vote apiece in the last round: Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, Italian Cardinal Giacomo Biffi and American Cardinal Bernard Law, according to the diary ...

Article. So Cardinal Martini never mounted a huge challenge, after all.

1 comment:

  1. I'm failing to see WHY this was treated as a real story- and I say, that guy WAY broke the rules, he should be severly smacked. Possibly with rubber chickens, and if he weighs more then a duck, he's a witch (warlock?) and we should burn him.