How It Ended Up Being Bergoglio
A front-runner, Scola, got a mistaken email of congratulations
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 15, 2013 2:50 AM CDT
Updated Mar 15, 2013 4:01 AM CDT
In this March 21 2011 photo, Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio touches a baby after a Mass in Buenos Aires, Argentina.   (AP Photo/DyN)

(Newser) – Insiders are beginning to open up about how they chose Jorge Bergoglio as the new pope. For one thing, he wasn't part of the Vatican's troubled Curia hierarchy, but it was believed he could help heal it, the New York Times reports. It also helped that he didn't stake out a high public profile and project himself as a candidate beforehand, which can backfire in the world of Vatican politics. "He is not part of the Italian system, but also at the same time, because of his culture and background, he was Italo-compatible," says the archbishop of Paris. "If there was a chance that someone could intervene with justice in this situation, he was the man who could do it best."

Among the questions cardinals asked themselves: "'Is he a man of the faith who connects us to Christ?'" said Chicago's archbishop. "Next, 'Can he govern?'" Lastly, he won points for "the fact that he has a heart for the poor." Bergoglio's pre-vote speech to the private conclave helped his selection, the Los Angeles Times notes; he offered a succinct call for a streamlined church free of corruption. But his selection was by no means a foregone conclusion; indeed, Cardinal Angelo Scola, described as a favorite of reformers, received a mistaken email of congratulations from Italian bishops shortly after Bergoglio's selection. Bergoglio reportedly led after the first round of voting, with Scola and Canada's Marc Oullet behind him. He gradually built his lead in subsequent rounds until reaching the threshold of 77 votes.

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8string
Mar 17, 2013 5:37 PM CDT
There is one detail that no one seems to have picked up on and that is, out of seven courant articles running on Newser there’s no insight into the fact. The first Jesuit Pope should raise a RED FLAG !!!!! I mean get a clue. The Jesuits are a secretive and shadowy group that tortured and killed a huge number of people, they can’t deny it, it’s history. Here are some historic quotes: "My history of the Jesuits is not eloquently written, but it is supported by unquestionable authorities, [and] is very particular and very horrible. Their [the Jesuit Order’s] restoration [in 1814 by Pope Pius VII] is indeed a step toward darkness, cruelty, despotism, [and] death. … I do not like the appearance of the Jesuits. If ever there was a body of men who merited eternal damnation on earth and in hell, it is this Society of [Ignatius de] Loyola." John Adams (1735-1826; 2nd President of the United States) "It is my opinion that if the liberties of this country – the United States of America – are destroyed, it will be by the subtlety of the Roman Catholic Jesuit priests, for they are the most crafty, dangerous enemies to civil and religious liberty. They have instigated MOST of the wars of Europe." Marquis de LaFayette (1757-1834; French statesman and general. He served in the American Continental Army under the command of General George Washington during the American Revolutionary War.) "The war [i.e., the American Civil War of 1861-1865] would never have been possible without the sinister influence of the Jesuits." Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865; 16th President of the United States) "The Jesuits…are a secret society – a sort of Masonic order – with superadded features of revolting odiousness, and a thousand times more dangerous.” – Samuel Morse (1791-1872; American inventor of the telegraph; author of the book Foreign Conspiracy Against the Liberties of the United States) "[The Jesuits] are the deadly enemies of civil and religious liberty." R. W. Thompson (Ex-Secretary, American Navy)
fractal
Mar 15, 2013 4:30 PM CDT
Why would the snake-pit of Vatican Politics choose someone who could actually reform them? Kinda like asking Wall Street to vote for Elizabeth Warren. I think they chose him because he seldom went to Italy, and has no real political power in the Vatican. The same way the Repugs chose Dubya', who didn't have a clue. This guy is a Vatican outsider, and by the time he builds up any political capital there, he will be dead.
HANKHILL
Mar 15, 2013 3:35 PM CDT
bergoglio was the only one dumb enough to want the job!!!!!!