Anyhow, that decision is made by God, no politics is involved.
Boy, I do crack myself up!
There’s a nice, subtile whack at a current president. Unfortunately, there were a few popes who bribed their way to the papacy. The papacy did recover, only after the price of the Reformation, among other things. As I’ve opined earlier, losing the papal states was the best thing for the papacy, ending the papal secular rule.
Ah! Lord Acton in action! “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Francis’s comment in the final panel says it all. He’s referring obliquely to the fact that psychopaths gravitate to corporate and political centers of power, their glib charm and brash approach to prickly problems appeal to their low IQ, dim-witted, ignorant, and gullible supporters—usually with Congress’s enthusiastic blessing.
An apt corollary to Plato’s description of the Philosopher King: “The people best suited to be ‘King’ don’t want the job; and those least suited lust after it”.
“Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it”― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
It worked for me.
The Vatican is a power house!
Papal elections require a two-thirds majority, and votes are counted in front of all the electors. Recounts are hardly necessary.
We’ve known that ever since Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:
“The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them. To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. To summarize the summary of the summary: people are a problem."
— Douglas Adams.
The way things are going today someone needs to hit some of those seculars with a BIG ruler…
They are all on paper so it is easily counted.
We sort of have two popes now.