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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Curmudgeon was fortunate enough to have had a law professor who was also a novelist; his first book, called “The Vicar of Christ” had as protagonist an American citizen, a Medal of Honor winner in the Korean War, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, then a monk until elected … wait for it ... Pope!

The fictional American Vicar of Christ, Pontifex Maximus, heir of St. Peter, is only elected after a Conclave is deadlocked. Could that happen again? The front runners, according to the NYTimes, are the Cardinals . . .

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