Having said all the above, and in light of today's shocking announcement of a Feb. 28 voluntary vacancy of the See of Peter by Pope Benedict XVI, it seemed to me that a fun way of getting to know the papabile, or most likely candidates to be chosen as the next Pope, would be to incorporate my love of Survivor and use these next few weeks to teach a bit about each of the 118 cardinal electors and widdle them down to a small group based on their various qualifications - perhaps coming down to the one I feel might be chosen. I'll use information that comes directly from the Vatican website and throw in my own two cents in making decisions. I want to be clear on a few points though, before I begin:
1. The Holy Spirit will choose the next Pope through the prayerful votes of the cardinal electors themselves, and the Holy Spirit can choose any baptized male who is eligible to be Pope... reasons given here be damned.
2. I am not mocking the serious nature of a papal conclave. As a devout Catholic, I will be praying for our current Holy Father, for the cardinals, and for the future Holy Father with great expectancy.
3. This is an opportunity to learn who the cardinals are, how gifted they are, and how the Church is currently shaped and influenced by various people in diverse cultures.
Without further delay, I say we milk this rare moment for what it's worth, and I hereby announce a new edition of Survivor...
SURVIVOR: SISTINE CHAPEL!
|Kudos to whoever made this image. It's nearly a perfect fit!|