MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Cardinals have filed into the Sistine Chapel for the conclave to elect the next pope amid deep divisions and uncertainty over who will lead the 1.2 billion-strong Catholic Church.
Charles Reid, who teaches canon law at the University of St. Thomas Law School, talked with WCCO Radio about the selection process for the new pope.
“It’s a delightful quirky tradition,” Reid said, adding that he especially enjoys the image of a group of aging Cardinals dressed in robes playing with fire.
Still, Reid says everyone should pay attention to the process, which dates back to the first century.
“They will vote on Tuesday evening, and then they will vote four times a day until we have a pope,” he said.