The process of picking a pope

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Let’s get ready to Papalllllllllll! It is time for the Sweet Sistine.

I should begin by telling you that I’m not Catholic, so please bear with me.

The last few weeks have been about the retiring of Pope Benedict XVI and the election of the next leader for the church.

How does this relate to building assets, you ask? Well technically, it relates to asset number 19, religious community.

That wasn’t where I was headed with this though. I’m actually thinking of asset number 14, adult role models.

The RNS, or Religious New Service, has an actual posting of the, “Sweet Sistine,” brackets.

The latest round is called the Sacred Semifinals and is down to four choices: Canada, Brazil, Italy and Nigeria.

Don’t look at it as being disrespectful. Instead, look at it as people caring about something important.

More than 25,000 people have voted and for a simple online poll, that’s pretty good.

We’ve become a world where we care more about voting for singers on television than we do in voting in important elections.

The big difference in this election — and this is just from my point of view — comes down to two big things. The first is the reasoning behind the selection, and the second, and even better, is the process.

There are no multi-million dollar campaigns, although those events keep the little guys like our local newspaper and radio stations afloat.

No one cares what anyone is wearing and no one mentions who was wearing the bigger cross.

The men are selected based on their faith, their ability, their character, their experience and their ability to lead.

Whaattt? That sounds like an amazing idea, and I believe in the past, it hasn’t taken more than four days to get the whole thing done.

Now there, my fellow voters, are some real role models. Can a sister get an amen? Let the conclave begin.


Assets In Action is a community-building program of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.