Jesuit choice was a surprise, but don't expect reform anytime soon
Published 14/03/2013 | 04:00
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.
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.