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The Unexpected Abdication of Pope Benedict XVI and the Unexpected Election of Pope Francis

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Subsequently, I discussed his book in detail in my OEN piece "Perceptive Book About Gay Vatican Clerics" dated February 25, 2019:

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Perceptive-Book-About-Gay-by-Thomas-Farrell-Catholic_Catholicism_Homophobic_Homosexuality-190225-829.html

Now, just as I advise you to take claims based on Martel's gaydar with a grain of salt, so too I'd advise you to take claims about the exact vote count in each round of voting in the conclave based on O'Connell's unidentified source(s) with a grain of salt. You see, each of the 115 cardinal-electors swore an oath of secrecy about the proceedings in the conclave. In the church's canon law, violating such an oath is an act of self-excommunication from the church.

In any event, Dr. Maike Hickson discussed O'Connell's new book at length in a piece published online at a conservative Catholic website:

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/new-book-on-pope-francis-election-reveals-the-main-kingmakers

The columnist Michael Sean Winters discussed O'Connell's new book online at a liberal Catholic website:

https://www.ncronline.org/news/opinion/distinctly-catholic/election-pope-francis-day-day-ballot-ballot-tale

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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; Ph.D.in higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)
 

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