Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Pope changes rules on papal elections

Benedict XVI's "motu proprio" explains that after the publication of the 1996 constitution, John Paul II received requests to return to the traditional norm, that is, that a two-thirds majority always be required.

The new norm states that if the cardinal-electors are at an impasse after 33 or 34 ballots, runoff ballots between the two leading candidates will be held. A two-thirds majority is needed in that election.


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