In Case You Wanted to Become the Next Pope…

This video runs down the method for choosing the next Pope — it’s actually very helpful with just the right amount of snark. If you ever needed proof that we just make this whole “religion” thing up as we go along, just take a look:

The men who will soon meet in the Sistine Chapel make up the most exclusive club no one in their right mind would ever want to be a part of…

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • JohnnieCanuck

    Pick me! Pick me!

  • A3Kr0n

    Very good, and using words I understand.

  • Nicholas Tower

    > If you ever needed proof that we just make this whole “religion” thing up as we go along, just take a look

    Sadly (or entertainingly), CGP Grey’s videos highlight that much more than just religion is made up as we go along.

  • Ann

    Colbert for Pope!

    • viaten

      Yes! He can make George Carlin a saint then.

  • viaten
    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

      but i have to confess: i enjoyed the movie “the little buddha.” it was pretty and i loved Keanu as the buddah. so cute.

  • LesterBallard

    Could someone become Pope and begin to dismantle the RCC? Sell off all that shit and do something useful with the proceeds?

    • p4ul47

      I think they would kill him off in less than a week if someone tried. It wouldn’t be the first time a Pope’s being killed off …

  • flyb

    Occasionally it sounds like he’s saying poop. Just a little bit. Heh.

  • Pseudonym

    Bruce Schneier pointed out on his blog that the election system may be tedious and long, but is effectively immune from electoral fraud.

    This is yet another example of how religion tends to evolve useful solutions to human problems, which are elaborately mythologised and ritualised to ensure that people actually do them. There are plenty of good ideas within the world’s religions still waiting to be appropriated.

    • SphericalBunny

      In what way is this a useful solution? To what? Schneier points out that a fundamental aspect of this vote is that it’s a “…small group of voters — all of whom know each other — makes it impossible for an outsider to affect the voting in any way.” So, useful for boardroom votes maybe, but never for an even semi-large democracy. You know another system that’s immune to electoral fraud? A dictatorship. Doesn’t make it a ‘useful solution’ to anything much either.

      • Pseudonym

        It’s a useful solution to the problems of small elections. Nobody (least of all me) claimed it scaled up. What’s important here is that that Papal elections developed practical solutions for problems that the rest of the world hadn’t had yet.

        BTW, most dictatorships in the world do hold fradulent elections, so the last claim is incorrect.

    • trj

      There are plenty of good ideas within the world’s religions still waiting to be appropriated.

      More like the other way round.

      • Pseudonym

        You mean there are plenty of good ideas in the rest of the world still waiting to be religionised? That doesn’t sound appealing to me.

  • Baby_Raptor

    I’m not the nest person in the world, but I can without hesitation say that the planet would be a better place if I were the Pope.

    You know, since I actually understand what things like “freedom of religion” and “bigotry” are. And I don’t support raping little kids.

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    So does anyone know if Ratz will be going back to ‘Cardinal’- and hence voting on his replacement? Or is he retiring retiring?

    • http://twitter.com/docslacker MD

      He’s too old to vote.

    • Mario Strada

      HI title is going to be “Emeritus pope” or some such. Basically he maintains his title, preceded by “Emeritus” but has to give up his trimmings, his hat and his red shoes (he’ll wear brown shoes made for him in Mexico last year). My source is the BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21589982

  • cipher

    I think they should dress in silly (well, sillier) costumes and get Monty Hall to pick one of them.

  • sam

    Gosh, I thought boy rape was a requirement, yet the video makes no mention of it.
    I was pretty sure that Louis C.K.’s hard-hitting investigative journalism revealed that pretty conclusively.

  • http://www.facebook.com/roger.bauman Roger Bauman

    What do you mean “in case?”

  • BobaFuct

    Even when I was a Christian I found Catholocism to be batshit crazy. I mean, the text of the bible, including the Apocrypha, says nothing about like 90% of Catholic doctrine. So even if you accept the bible and Jesus as true, Catholicism is still basically just shit that got made up over the last two thousand years, with the New Testament as a rough outline.

    • Pseudonym

      I mean, the text of the bible, including the Apocrypha, says nothing about like 90% of Catholic doctrine.

      From the Catholic perspective, the Bible is a product of the Church. The New Testament was written by the Church, the Church decided which books would be canon and which ones would not be, and today the Church gets to decide how it’s applied. So the Bible is, in a sense, subservient to the Church.

      Unlike the fundamentalist Protestant perspective, this one at least has some historical validity behind it.

  • Mario Strada

    I love CGP Grey. I wish he could do a video a day.


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