Picking a New Pope: Five Myths (Washington Post)


With Pope Benedict’s recent resignation, many rumors have emerged about the mysterious electoral process that determines which cardinal will be next in line for one of the most powerful positions in the world.

Thomas J. Reese, a Jesuit priest and a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University, is the author of Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church and debunks five myths swirling around the papal news.


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