Religion: Papal Oddsmaking

A bold American effort to rate the "candidates"

One hundred sixteen Roman Catholic Cardinals round the world will get an unusual item in their mail this week: a 300-page book containing "dossiers" on all 116, who some day will enter a conclave and, from among their ranks, elect the next Pope. The book, The Inner Elite: Dossiers of Papal Candidates ($12.95), is but the beginning. The publisher, Sheed Andrews & McMeel, is also putting out a cheeky monthly newsletter, Conclave Confidential, which for $30 a year offers the latest scuttlebutt on papal "candidates" and...

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