After Pope Ratzi, I suppose nothing about the next Pope could be too shocking. But this comes close!
If the papal conclave were set up like college basketball's March Madness, Cardinal Angelo Scola would have been the overall No. 1 seed — perhaps until today. He is the archbishop of Milan and has long been seen as a safe pick for the next pope, having won favor among American cardinals and a handful of influential European ones. So what stands in his way? Well, there's that pesky anti-mafia investigation he has to deal with.
Go read the whole thing at the Atlantic. On the bright side, maybe a Pope with mafia ties would seem downright quaint when compared to the church's systematic coverups of sexual abuse and the hypocrisy of throwing gay orgies and then making life hell for gay people around the world. What's a little embezzlement next to that?
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