By Tom Quiner
A new pope will be selected this month.
Wouldn’t you love to know what is going on behind Vatican walls? To the faithful, they know that the Holy Spirit is at work. To the secular, they know some politicin’ is going on.
If you take a look at the sidebar on the right side of Quiner’s Diner, you’ll see a link to my favorite religious movies to watch during Lent. One of them is The Shoes of the Fisherman.
The movie dramatizes the selection process of a fictional pope. Watch the clip above for a scene where the Cardinals get to know each other.
Jesuit priest and author, James Martin, sets up the scene above:
“In this scene Cardinal Kiril Lakota (Anthony Quinn) speaks about his time in the concentration camps of the Soviet Union, and you can see his fellow cardinals taking their measure of him. Don’t laugh: several bishops, archbishops and cardinals have undergone exactly such suffering in our time. In such conversations–this one fictional of course–over espresso, do the cardinals come to know one another and feel the working of the Holy Spirit.”
The selection of a pope is a high-stakes drama. He is the de-facto leader of the Christian world, the focal point of spiritual and political warfare.
Give yourself a treat: rent The Shoes of the Fisherman.