How the Papal Election really works

5 Mar

Well all eyes will be on the Papal election. Interestingly I heard a guy from paddy power the bookmaker saying the odds on Dougal McGuire being Pope were shorter than those for Bono. Now I’m not beng judgemental but how can a fictional character have a greater chance than a living person..but them I’m no betting expert.

Anyway there are some interesting rules around the Papal election. In particular if any votes cause a tie then this deadlock can be resolved using one of the breakytie methods first used in the 13 th century.

The most common tiebreaker is simply for the two candidates to stay in the Vatican until one dies , thus resolving the election. The loser gets instant sainthood , though the winner often has to wait years for the prize !

A less common method is a catholic version of paper , scissors , rock , it’s ring , cataclysm, papal rock. Tricky to sometimes make out the hand signals. One papacy in particular is claimed to be based on a misunderstanding of how the rock smashed the ring !

One method not used since the 14th century is the candidates have to prove that they are close to god by singing the songs from Jesus christ superstar. You see the route to the papacy is not easy.

The final method is a round of Paisley darts. A giant dart board with a picture of ian paisley on it is brought into the room and the popes play down from 666 each.

It couldnt be worse than this could it ..


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