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Jesuit choice was a surprise, but don't expect reform anytime soon

Published 14/03/2013 | 04:00

Pope Francis puts on his sash from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican
Pope Francis puts on his sash from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

A GROUP of men, all verging on elderly and mostly white, met to choose another man, definitely elderly and probably white, to lead the Catholic Church. No surprise, then, that a 76-year-old white man emerged as Pope.

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It was never going to be a young man, or even a middle-aged man, and there wasn't one chance in a zillion that it would ever be a woman. Not considering the Conclave of Cardinals' starting position.

Hamstrung from the start, you might say. Deliberately, obdurately, gladly so.

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