At seventy-nine years old he had crossed the unspoken threshold beyond which the college no longer trusted one’s health to withstand the rigorous schedule of the papacy.
When it came to pursuing the papacy, there was a Holy Trinity-Conservative.
Mr. Langdon, it is true that Vatican rule dictates the camerlegno assume chief executive office during conclave, but it is only because his lack of eligibility for the papacy ensures an unbiased election.
Attaining the papacy required a certain amount of political ambition, something the young camerlegno apparently lacked; he had refused his Pope’s offers for higher clerical stations many times, saying he preferred to serve the church as a simple man.
That very cardinal who had taken the camerlegno under his wing had apparently later risen to the papacy and brought with him his young protege to serve as chamberlain.
You are no doubt aware that by Holy Law the camerlegno is ineligible for election to the papacy.
He was the runaway favorite for the papacy.
The bishop who had taken him in, the man who had been like a father to him, the clergyman whom the camerlegno had stood beside while he rose to the papacy …. was a fraud.
The inside joke was that accepting the papacy was a cardinal’s "fastest route to heaven.
There are no more uses of "papacy" in the book.
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Benedict wrote numerous books before ascending to the papacy.