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 . . .