The Virtual Conclave: And a Round Up! – UPDATE

Don’t miss this virtual conclave — it’s really good!

Meanwhile: “What secret process? We’re talking electoral blocs!

It’s a little too much like reading the pony pages!

John Allen sees three ways to 77 votes!

What can a pope change? More and less than you think.

No clear favorite, but a lot of excitement about Dolan. My own gut says once they’re locked in, all bets are off, and we’ll be surprised at who emerges onto the balcony.

Speaking of which, the latest craze is “being the first to know who is pope” by brushing up on your Latin and knowing all the first names.

Really? We have to race to know who it is 30 seconds before the next guy? I guess I’m just not competitive enough.

What would you do if you were pope? Several prominent Catholics weigh in at the Washington Post, including our own Fr. Dwight Longenecker and Lisa Hendey.

Here are Ten things you may not know about the conclave

Ed Morrissey,
who is in Rome, scores an interview with George Weigel and has more on the energy surrounding the idea of an American pope.

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  • Manny

    I heard on the radio this morning that Dolan really impressed people with celebrating the entire Mass in Italian. He would be awesome as Papa. I think he would put a really friendly and joyful face to Catholicism.

  • Ann

    I love your blog, but honestly, I’m finding all this speculation all over the Internet tiring. It’s not a critique–i just would rather pray…maybe it’s an OD from the depressing Presidential election.

    [I'm finding it a bit much, too, which is why I just did a roundup and also offered that I'm a little put-off by the "I must be first to know" mindset. I'll be in Rome from Wednesday on, and I plan on writing things that I'm observing, and leaving the horserace up to everyone else -admin]

  • Stefanie

    God’s vision is always ahead of our own poor vision. In recent times, we’ve been blessed with popes who may have been elected with the short-sightedness of the electors –but God had other plans for that papacy. When Blessed J23rd was elected, his electors could have not imagined that VC2 would occur under his watch. When Blessed JP2 was elected, all anyone could talk about was “Yay! We don’t have an Italian pope anymore! Look how open the Church is to all nations! Even a Polish cardinal can be pope!” Little did the Soviet Union, Poland, or East Germany know what was in store for them during JP2′s pontificate…and that the world’s Catholic youth would find their ‘papa’ had special love for them as JP2 traveled all over the world to bless and celebrate young life. With Papa B16, came a completely different papacy — of the profoundly simple teachings of the Christian faith and Catholic orthodoxy that even atheists would find intriguing…plus his unheard-of trip to the heart of Great Britain and reaching out to our separated Christian brothers and sisters in a real way– the Anglican Ordinate.
    What a great time to be Catholic! I already have my work and home computers set to “Rome Time.”
    Yes, I have certainly had my tears of goodbye to PapaB.
    But now it is time to celebrate who God next chooses to form our earthly Church…who will next enlighten, inspire, and challenge with utmost humility and with the sword of truth in his strong hands.

  • Alypius

    “Really? We have to race to know who it is 30 seconds before the next guy? I guess I’m just not competitive enough.”

    My EXACT thought when I read that too!

  • ahem

    Dolan is a nice guy, but he’s not papal material. To my mind, he has the persona of a used-car salesman. He’s never gonna make it.

  • Adam

    In the grand scheme of things, does it matter if we get an American Pope? Does it matter if any country sees one of their own become Pope? (My wife is Canadian–I’m certain she has a little hope for Oulette.) I had a comic book about JPII when I was younger. At his election scene, one person in the crowd says, “A Polish pope?” Somebody else replies “Doesn’t matter–he’s a citizen of the world now!”

    What a great line. Even if one of our own becomes Pope, his flock will become the world, not just his home country. He may retain a soft spot for his homeland, much as Jesus had his “beloved disciple,” but we’ll all fall under the shepherd’s care no matter where he’s from.

  • Subsistent

    I’d try posting the following on Fr. Longenecker’s own blog, but I’m scared it’s too radical a reform to pass his comment-moderation: What *I* would do if I were pope, I’d empower lay people, requiring strictly that from now on, any person elected pope must be — no exceptions — either a layman or a former layman. ;-)