John Allen has one of his usually sharp pieces on the conclave. Money Quote:

Although their oaths bind the cardinals never to talk about what happened once they leave, cardinals seem to have varying interpretations of what that means. Many are willing to talk in general terms about why they chose the pope they did. Others will be more specific, talking about how the process unfolded and what seemed to crystallize the conclusion. Still others go even farther, at least on background.

In general, it doesn’t take long before round-by-round vote totals are reconstructed, other serious candidates are identified, and the leading “kingmakers” who influenced the process are known. Last time, an alleged “secret diary” kept by one cardinal appeared in the Italian press, and though it’s hard to know how authentic it was, its main claims tracked with what reporters collected from other sources.


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