With Benedict Out, the Secrecy Begins
Cardinals prepare to meet Monday
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 1, 2013 2:00 AM CST
Updated Mar 1, 2013 5:39 AM CST
Vatican Swiss guards close the main door of the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.   (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

(Newser) – Pope Benedict is officially retired, and it's time for deliberations on his successor to begin in earnest. The "princes of the Church," top cardinals worldwide, will soon meet informally to discuss plans; on Monday, formal talks begin, Reuters reports. In closed-door general congregations, cardinals will assess potential candidates while also addressing Church issues, including sex abuse. The 115 cardinal electors have been praying to get ready for the decision, Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley says.

"I would imagine each of us has some kind of list of primary candidates, and others secondary," says Chicago cardinal Francis George. Many attending the Sistine Chapel conclave—which follows the general congregations and is only open to those under 80—will know only a few others in the room, and there won't be any official candidates. So how do cardinals learn about potential pontiffs? They ask around, and O'Malley says he's been "using the Internet a lot." If all goes as the Vatican hopes, the election could be held mid-March, with a pope in place before March 24, Palm Sunday.

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Mar 3, 2013 8:29 AM CST
I never could understand why Catholics would kill their fellow Catholics. Most of Hitler's army were Catholic. Soldiers in foreign armies were Catholic, so why did they kill their brethren? I think of how many lives could have been saved had the pope told his world wide flock not go to war. I was amazed to see all the pictures that shows Catholic religious leaders standing with Hitler - some even giving the heil sign which means I am your savior:https://www.google.com/search?q=catholic+bless+hitler&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=hJV&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=YVQzUaCNN4Oy9gTa7YGwBA&ved=0CDsQsAQ&biw=1814&bih=1081&sei=lVQzUczpMJPC9QSav4CIBg
Mar 2, 2013 11:32 PM CST
Here is a religion who boast of millions of members and yet only a hand full have responded to news articles. This could also be reflected by the dwindling church attendance. It appears from reports that attendance is getting less each year. There has also been a large number of priest that have left their ranks. Filling those potions has also been a challenge. I wonder what why the numbers are not going the other way!
Mar 2, 2013 11:14 AM CST
coolsmoothla: I expect that you are reading this and I did not have a chance to respond to your Greek or Hebrew God the other day when we ran out of space. Earlier I had referred you to Jesus' directive to the Apostles to go out and spread the word. I also refer you to Paul's letter to the Romans, Ch.1 para 14-15: "I am under obligation both to the Greeks and to the barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish: so I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome." and contrary to what you have promulgated: Ch 2 vs 9 - 11: There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and and honor and peace for every one who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality."