I'm sure this is serious bidness if you're a cardinal at the Vatican. Sparrows are probably enthralled, as well.
Beats the shit outta me why anyone would want anything whatsoever to do with the Catholic Church after all of the scandals that have plagued the organization in recent years. Not to put too fine a point on it, but can anyone name any other club, group, or organization that has weathered hundreds of years of accusations of systemic pedophilia and abuse of its own members, and yet managed to not only survive, but thrive against all odds?
ACORN got caught in a scandal mainly based upon a heavily edited partisan video attack, and they're no longer in operation. Penn State's athletic program had the shit slapped out of it due to the actions of one pedophile and the people in that administration who failed to act when told of his crimes. All over America there are laws requiring sexual predators to register their whereabouts, and their names and locations are public information.
Yet these asshats (but they ARE spectacular hats, in many cases) just keep plugging along, moving pederasts from diocese to diocese in a shell game that would make the Mafia's money laundering operations look amateurish in comparison.
And millions of Americans continue to drop cash in the collection plates to fund this criminal enterprise.
So, thousands of reporters are clustered at the gates of the Vatican watching for smoke signals or something, and we're supposed to expect news bulletins when the new Pope is selected.
"Meet the new boss... Same as the old boss."
And we all get fooled again...