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NEWS: Ratzinger Frontrunner for Pope

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posted on Apr, 17 2005 @ 10:28 PM
Conservative German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is being touted as the man who may be the next Pope or have sufficent votes to force a choice of his selection. Ratzinger, a close confident of John Paul II, headed the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which was historically known as the Inquisition. m
But one bit of wisdom has emerged in the Italian press as conventional: that Cardinal Ratzinger, a German close to John Paul II, has up to 50 votes among the 115 elector cardinals, or at least that is the strength his supporters claim.

That is short of the two-thirds, or 77 votes, needed in the early stages of voting. Still, he appears to command the largest and most cohesive block, and at a minimum, it seems unlikely that the next pope will be chosen without his blessing.

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Meanwhile, Leonardo Boff, the Brazilian Liberation theologian who ran afoul of the Sacred Congregation headed by Ratzinger called the Cardinal 'odious' and suggested that Ratziner would never be Pope.

Ratzinger has frequently been publically linked with Opus Dei, the secretive Roman Catholic 'personal prelature' which has attracted a great deal of attention since the publication of The Devinci Code.

Should Ratzinger become Pope or have a significant say in who the next Pope will be, it is likely that it will put an end to any influence on the part of progressives in the Roman Catholic Church. It will also dash the hopes of Latin Americans and Africans who have held out hopes for a non-European Pope.

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posted on Apr, 17 2005 @ 10:40 PM
Good story but how do they know this? Dont they have a vow of secrecy and then there's the days they vote and what about the white smoke?

I'm sure they do this on the up and up, dont they?

posted on Apr, 17 2005 @ 10:44 PM
Since it is unseemly for Cardinals to campaign for Pope (although some came close before the silence was imposed), their staffs usually spend a lot of time talking "on background" to the press. Recently, one reporter commented that the meetings with such staff were getting further and further away from the Vatican as none of them wanted to be seen talking to press in one of the many Roman cafes. But neither did they want to stop talking.

posted on Apr, 20 2005 @ 05:55 PM
The data-corruption corrupted my story right out of it's upgrade.

But that's okay, because now the story is that Hitler-youth member, Opus Dei supporter, and Master Inquisitor Ratz has become Pope.

Is that the Roman Catholic Church I see driving 120mph down the highway towards the 13th century?

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