How We Get the Next Pope

The pope has resigned.

That’s it.  Don’t really have anything more to add at this point, just figured it might be a while before I ever get to write that again (e.g., maybe 600 years or so…).

In the meantime a here are number of references for those looking for information on how popes are elected:

[Cross-posted at The Monkey Cage]

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Joshua Tucker

Joshua Tucker is a Professor of Politics at New York University.