Steven Waldman wants to know who will be the next pope.
The cardinals who will be electing the next pope are a conservative group. All but five of the 134 voting cardinals (aka “cardinal electors”) were appointed by Pope John Paul II, and most share his views. So, we probably won’t see a flaming lefty as the next pontiff. Likely factors the cardinals will consider when voting: Do they pick a Third Worlder to reflect demographics or someone to shore up Old Europe Christendom? Do they want a young (well, under 70), telegenic man to explain Catholicism to the world? Or an older fellow who won’t stick around for quite so long?
Well, I’m young–under 40, more telegenic than the current guy (I seldom drool whilst awake), and will be glad to explain Catholicism to the world. But I am not a candidate. I may, however, reconsider if volunteers–ordinary citizens–from all fifty states sign petitions and get my name on the ballot.