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antheabutler:

The surprise of Cardinal Bergoglio from Argentina as the new Pope, Pope Francis, is matched by the order he comes from—The Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits … Bergoglio was Pope Benedict’s only real rival in the last Conclave of 2005, receiving 40 votes …
What is most interesting however, is that the Cardinals have chosen from a member of the Jesuits for pope. The leader of the Jesuits, the General, has often been referred to as “the Black Pope”. Now, both the seat of Peter, the White Pope, and the Black Pope are both Jesuits. Let the conspiracy theories begin.
The choice of Pope Francis I then, is a complicated one for the church, and for the world. While it has annoyed many non-Catholics to put up with this news all week, the fact is, its not just an election of a religious figure, but a political one. After all, the pope may be the Bishop of Rome, but he also runs Vatican City, a city state.

antheabutler:

The surprise of Cardinal Bergoglio from Argentina as the new Pope, Pope Francis, is matched by the order he comes from—The Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits … Bergoglio was Pope Benedict’s only real rival in the last Conclave of 2005, receiving 40 votes …

What is most interesting however, is that the Cardinals have chosen from a member of the Jesuits for pope. The leader of the Jesuits, the General, has often been referred to as “the Black Pope”. Now, both the seat of Peter, the White Pope, and the Black Pope are both Jesuits. Let the conspiracy theories begin.

The choice of Pope Francis I then, is a complicated one for the church, and for the world. While it has annoyed many non-Catholics to put up with this news all week, the fact is, its not just an election of a religious figure, but a political one. After all, the pope may be the Bishop of Rome, but he also runs Vatican City, a city state.

One of the things I love about a papal conclave is that it’s eight hours ahead. It’s got all the gravitas of a presidential election, but none of the minute by minute developments. So I can enjoy all the coverage without feeling like I have to stay glued to a television or a smartphone for breaking news. 
The smoke is black or white. See you tomorrow.

One of the things I love about a papal conclave is that it’s eight hours ahead. It’s got all the gravitas of a presidential election, but none of the minute by minute developments. So I can enjoy all the coverage without feeling like I have to stay glued to a television or a smartphone for breaking news.

The smoke is black or white. See you tomorrow.

"What is faith but a kind of betting or speculation after all? It should be, I bet that my Redeemer liveth."
-Samuel Butler, 1835-1902

"What is faith but a kind of betting or speculation after all? It should be, I bet that my Redeemer liveth."

-Samuel Butler, 1835-1902


We May Never Know Why The Pope Resigned 
Today the speculations will swirl, but it’ll eventually peter out when the race for the next Pope takes over the news. The Vatican is simply too opaque to make even intelligent guesses. You know how opaque the Vatican is? The journalist who broke the story heard the Pope giving his announcement to the Cardinals in Latin, and understood it, and then ran with the story. (Let nobody doubt the value of a classical education again.)

We May Never Know Why The Pope Resigned

Today the speculations will swirl, but it’ll eventually peter out when the race for the next Pope takes over the news. The Vatican is simply too opaque to make even intelligent guesses. You know how opaque the Vatican is? The journalist who broke the story heard the Pope giving his announcement to the Cardinals in Latin, and understood it, and then ran with the story. (Let nobody doubt the value of a classical education again.)

(Source: We May Never Know Why The Pope Resigned)