You don't campaign for pope. Very tacky. You don't vote for someone who's ambitious.
But I'd like to consider a more charitable interpretation.
Maybe he's trying to sabotage his election as pope.
We know he's a top contender.
Maybe he really doesn't want the job, and he knows what to say to put him out of the running.
When you don't want to become pope, you don't say "don't vote for me, I'd do a terrible job."
That's a sign of humility. Humility helps get you elected.
I can't believe this intelligent man lacks the self-awareness to understand what this looks like.
And if he doesn't get it, maybe that's a strike against him.
I said that I'd only be posting once a day.
Doesn't mean it has to be only on one subject. :)
So, I've decided that I will make a link dump to underscore stories that have caught my attention (but that I won't comment) and if you want to respond to them in the comments, that's fine, although it might make for a very confused discussion thread. But we'll see how this works out.
Intact families the leading factor reducing future illegitimacy, welfare use: New study
The Pope Must Die as Pope
This article from Aleteia discusses the candidates for pope, include some lesser known ones.
When Pro-Choice means No Choice 2 in a series from Maria Stops Abortion.
Sun Media’s Bonokoski got it all wrong on MPs’ call for homicide investigation