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NYT surprise: cardinals are…human

A recent New York Times article features the headline: “Now Gathering in Rome, a Conclave of Fallible Cardinals.” As if this were news. Yes, 117 of the 117 eligible cardinals-electors in the upcoming conclave are, in fact, fallible. But, this isn’t news. It is well-established that humans are, well, human. We make mistakes – and […]

6 things to know about the 2013 conclave

1. Prayer is the most important part – for the cardinals and for the faithful. Before the conclave itself begins, the cardinals say a Mass “For the Election of a Pope” and pray the “Veni Creator,” a hymn calling on the Holy Spirit. John Paul II wrote that during the vacancy, “the universal Church, spiritually […]

A platypus for Pope?

If you ask an Aussie to describe a platypus for you, he will likely tell you that the small mammal is an awkward and almost laughably absurd combination of a beaver, a duck and a kangaroo. The question is: is there room for a platypus Pope? According to the Washington Post, some Catholics believe there […]