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If you think a conclave is inefficient, what about the Italian parliament?

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Apr 18, 2013

Remember back during the conclave, when secular commentators were scoffing at the “ridiculous,” antiquated, inefficient way the Catholic Church chooses a Pope? Well, we’ve had our new Pope for a month now, and things seem to be working out just fine, thank you.

Meanwhile the thoroughly modern secular state of Italy, which held elections in February, still hasn’t produced a new coalition government, and failed this week to select a new president.

So maybe Italian parliamentarians should take lessons in efficiency from the cardinals. Or maybe secular commentators should recognize that for all its oddities, the conclave system works.

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  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Apr. 18, 2013 4:04 PM ET USA

    Or maybe the Italian Parliament should be open to the workings of the Holy Spirit.

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