Pope's Resignation & Papal Speculatron 7500 - James Martin

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Father Jim Martin explains the papal election process, ex-pope etiquette and the unlikelihood of getting an American pope. (4:25)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

THANKS SO MUCH.

FOLKS, THANK YOU FOR JOINING THE BROADCAST ALREADY IN PROGRESS.

AS YOU KNOW, POPE BENEDICT HAS RESIGNED.

THE QUESTION IS: WHO IS GOING TO GET THE NOD FOR THE TOP JOB?

JOINING ME NOW CHAPLAIN OF THE COLBERT NATION FATHER JIM MARTIN.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

FATHER JIM, WERE YOU SHOCKED THIS MORNING WHEN YOU LEARNED THE POPE WOULD BE RESIGNING?

>> I WAS.

IT'S NOT UNEXPECTED BECAUSE HE TALKED ABOUT IT SORT OF OBLIQUELY BUT I DON'T THINK

ANYBODY WAS EXPECTING IT.

>> Stephen: IT'S COMPLETELY UNEXPECTED.

I TALK ABOUT RUNNING THE NEW YORK CITY MAMPLET I'M NEVER GOING TO DO IT.

NO POPE HAS RESIGNED VOLUNTARILY SINCE THE POPE IN 1294.

THERE'S BARELY ANY TREES ON THE PLANET WHO REMEMBER THIS.

WHAT HAPPENS NOW?

THERE IS NO TRADITION FOR THIS.

WHAT HAPPENS?

>> NO THERE'S NOT.

THERE'S A CONCLAVE, AN ELECTION WHEN THE CARDINALS GATHER.

>> Stephen: THERE'S STILL GOING TO BE A POPE WHEN THEY ELECT A NEW ONE.

>> HE'S GOING TO RESIGN ON FEBRUARY 28.

THERE'S NO POPE, A VACANT SEAT AND SOMEONE WILL TAKE OVER IN HIS PLACE TEMPORARILY.

>> Stephen: WHO TAKES OVER?

WHO IS MINI POPE FOR A WHILE?

[LAUGHTER]

>> THE PERSON KNOWN AS THE CHAMBERLAIN WILL TAKE OVER FOR A BIT BUT THE POPE WILL APPARENTLY

RETIRE AND WRITE BOOKS.

I HEARD HE IS MOVING TO A CONVENT, BELIEVE IT OR NOT.

>> Stephen: WOW.

IS THAT CRICKET --

>> HE'S THE POPE HE CAN DO WHATEVER HE WANTS.

>> Stephen: YOU HEARD ME GIVE THE COLBERT BUMP TO CARDINAL DOLAN.

COULD THERE BE AN AMERICAN POPE?

>> I THINK IT'S VERY UNLIKELY BUT IF THERE IS ONE IT WOULD BE HIM BUTS UNLIKELY.

>> Stephen: WHY, AMERICA, WE HAVE THE BEST CATHOLICS.

[ LAUGHTER ]

WE DO.

AMERICAN CATHOLICS.

>> SHOCKING OTHER PEOPLE DON'T SEE THAT.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

>> CARDINALS THAT COME FROM OTHER COUNTRIES AND OTHER PARTS OF WORLD BRING THE SAME KIND OF

BIASES THAT THEIR FELLOW COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN WOULD HAVE AND AMERICA IS NOT MOST POPULAR

NATION WORLDWIDE.

>> Stephen: THERE'S ALMOST NEVER A FIRST BALLOT POPE, RIGHT?

>> IT'S UNUSUAL BUT THERE'S BEEN SOME.

>> Stephen: CAN I TELL YOU THE THEORY?

I THINK ON THE FIRST BALLOT EVERYBODY JUST VOTES FOR THEMSELVES.

YOU KNOW, ON THE OFF CHANCE THEY GO LIKE, YOU KNOW WHAT MAYBE I'M SO HUMBLE I DON'T KNOW THERE'S A

GROUNDSWELL BEHIND ME.

WE'LL SEE WHAT IS GOING ON.

WHY NOT ME.

WHY NOT?

PEEKING OF WHICH, WHY NOT ME?

I COULD BE POPE?

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

IS IT POSSIBLE?

[CROWD CHANTING SEE STEPHEN]

>> WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE AS YOUR NAME BE IF YOU WERE POPE?

>> Stephen: I'M A BIG FAN OF URBAN, I WOULD BE URBAN THE III.

>> NOT SUBURBAN.

>> Stephen: FATHER CHUCKLES, ABSOLUTELY.

IT SEEMS TO ME IT'S A PROBLEM TO HAVE AN EX-POPE WHILE YOU'VE GOT A PRESENT POPE BECAUSE YOU HAVE

A VERY OPINIONATED EX-POPE.

WHAT IF THE NEW POPE GETS ON THE BALCONY THERE AND SAYS STUFF THAT THE NEW POPE DOESN'T LIKE.

SUDDENLY THE OLD POPE SHOWS UP AND GOES, YOU'RE CRAZY.

THEN YOU HAVE AN AVIGNON SITUATION AGAIN.

>> YOU SEE SOMEONE IN BENEDICT ABLE TO RELINQUISH THE RAINES OF POWER.

HERE IS SOMEONE FREE WITH THAT I THINK IT'S PROBABLEITY LAST THING HE WOULD DO.

>> Stephen: WE DON'T KNOW.

IT HASN'T HAPPENED IN 700 YEARS.

>> YOU'RE RIGHT WE DON'T KNOW.

>> Stephen: FATHER JIM THANK YOU.

HIS NEW E-BOOK IS TOGETHER ON

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