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Electing a new pope: Catholic heirarchy follows process, rituals developed over centuries

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  • cavetroll SANDY, UT
    March 10, 2013 8:28 p.m.

    @Dave Duncan,

    I can appreciate the simplicity of the seniority system in the LDS Church, but seniority doesn't always equate to most deserving or most able to lead. The Pope is chosen as the most deserving and able among and by his peers. And it makes for a great and interesting tradition.

  • Dave Duncan Orem, UT
    March 9, 2013 4:28 p.m.

    That's a lot of drama! Makes one appreciate the simplicity of the seniority system in the succession of the LDS church presidency.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    March 8, 2013 12:47 p.m.

    I recall as a kid reading the comic where Superman dies. My friend and I spent a long time afterwards discussing who should take over as leader of the Justice League. This was extremely important as the fate of the world could depend on the power and moral character of the leader, and how they would shape the future of the non-super hero human population of Earth under their care.

    I’ve since put away childish things, but can’t help to sometimes long for those days when our harmless fantasies seemed so pressing. Sometimes we even dressed up in elaborate costumes which made it all the more real and relevant to us.