'Ya gotta love it when the Race for the Ruby Slippers includes the mafia, anti-mafia and raids in the diocese of one of the favourites to replace bennie. Not to mention infighting amongst the
As The Guardian reports today, there's a a bit of a wrench being thrown into the proceedings:
Roman Catholic cardinals have been urged to overcome divisions at a special mass ahead of the papal conclave, just hours after anti-mafia investigators carried out a string of raids in the diocese of the leading candidate.
In a homily before thousands of pilgrims and the most senior figures in the church, Angelo Sodano, the dean of the college of cardinals, made a last-ditch attempt to banish infighting, as he extolled the virtues of unity amid diversity.
But even as preparations for the mass were being made, Cardinal Angelo Scola, the archbishop of Milan – and reportedly the hot favourite to be the next pope – suffered a swingeing blow.
Anti-mafia detectives swooped on homes, offices, clinics and hospitals in Lombardy, the region around Milan, and elsewhere.
And we haven't even gotten to the sure-to-be-forthcoming Altar Boy Chasing Escapades Version 2.0 release.
Time to get the popcorn ready, ya'll . . . .