Friday, March 01, 2013

The Pressure on the Cardinals

Toward the Conclave. The Pressure on the Cardinals

Yesterday the vetoes of the governments. Today the onslaught of the media. The turbulent run-up to the election of the new pope 

by Sandro Magister

ROME, March 1, 2012 – The chair of Peter is empty. Joseph Ratzinger has left it with a clean break, and has left the future governance of the Church to a successor who is unknown to him, just as he is still unknown to the very cardinals who will elect him.

One cannot recall, in the last century, a previous conclave so much in the dark and so vulnerable to external and internal pressure.

But today it is the “fourth power,” that of the media, that is granting no truce to the cardinals called to conclave.