Anyway, I'm hopped up on Percocet and it's surprisingly difficult to get work done between the pain and the painkillers. You'll be hearing from me in small doses for a few days.
I was able to follow the coverage of the new pope -- on Twitter, at least -- and found it all fascinating.
What do you think of these two tweets from New York Times Vatican reporter Rachel Donadio?
The cardinals chose a new pope before Italy chose a new government after inconclusive elections. Sometimes the Vatican is more efficient.
-- Rachel Donadio — NYT (@RachelDonadio) March 13, 2013
Wait for it.
But they are also less democratic. The balloting in the Sistine Chapel is secret. — Rachel Donadio — NYT (@RachelDonadio) March 13, 2013
This just in: Popes are elected behind closed doors in a meeting -- shaped by centuries of church tradition -- called a "conclave."
Obviously democracies don't require secret ballots but it didn't occur to me that secret ballots were viewed by some as undemocratic. I wonder if this extends to all those countries with secret ballots.
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