View Poll Results: How much do you care about who the next Pope is?

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  • I care a lot. It means everything to me.

    8 5.76%
  • I could care less.

    70 50.36%
  • What's a pope?

    5 3.60%
  • I care, but it doesn't need as much press as it's getting.

    23 16.55%
  • Who won the hockey game last night is far more important.

    20 14.39%
  • other - please explain

    27 19.42%
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    Do you REALLY care about the next Pope?

    I'm already sick to death about all the attention the election of the next Pope is getting. It's headline news all over the internet.
    You'd think there's nothing else in the world that's of any importance.

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    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Roman Catholic cardinals gather under the gaze of Michelangelo's "Last Judgment" on Tuesday to elect a new pope to tackle the daunting problems facing the 1.2-billion-member Church at one of the most difficult periods in its history.
    Why the hell is this such a HUGE news item?

    Outside of Vatican City, who really cares?

    Do you?
    Does a pope really effect your daily life?
    Do you honestly have a personal stake in who the pope is?
    Does your day change at all depending on what the pope says or does?

    Is this "next pope" phenomena really that big of a deal?

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    Re: Do you REALLY care about the next Pope?

    I am not Catholic but I beleive the Catholic Church is overall a force of good in the world. I therefore hope they choose wisely and continue to be a good, powerful institiution world wide.
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    Re: Do you REALLY care about the next Pope?

    Quote Originally Posted by mak2 View Post
    I am not Catholic but I beleive the Catholic Church is overall a force of good in the world. I therefore hope they choose wisely and continue to be a good, powerful institiution world wide.
    There's an awful lot in your short little post that's highly debatable.

    However, that doesn't really answer my question.

    Is the press coverage of this "event" reasonable, or do you find it intrusive and obnoxious?

    It's not like the vote for the next pope is a public vote.

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    Re: Do you REALLY care about the next Pope?

    I agree with you MG that it is getting way, way too much press, and since I'm not Catholic it has little significance for me. However, I think the Pope has potential influence to promote peace in the world, and for that reason alone, I care.
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    Re: Do you REALLY care about the next Pope?

    A. It's a 24 hour news cycle, and news networks need something to fill in the time. Pope speculation is just part of that.

    B. IMO it's the John Paul II effect...he was a very charismatic pope and used world travel and the media with extraordinary effectiveness, and was instrumental in the breakdown of the Soviet Union, so the office of pope is treated with much more seriousness by non-Catholics now than it did before.

    As a Catholic it's obviously important to me. To others it's not as vital, but it's still quite newsworthy.
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    Re: Do you REALLY care about the next Pope?

    Short answer, Yes, I do think there is too much coverage. But it really doesnt bother me.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    There's an awful lot in your short little post that's highly debatable.

    However, that doesn't really answer my question.

    Is the press coverage of this "event" reasonable, or do you find it intrusive and obnoxious?

    It's not like the vote for the next pope is a public vote.
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    Re: Do you REALLY care about the next Pope?

    I couldn't care less... but unfortunately you didn't have that option available.

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    Re: Do you REALLY care about the next Pope?

    Honestly, I'll pay more attention today to the highlights from last night's Boston Bruins game and the preview for tonight's game than I will the Papal Conclave. I am not Catholic, never will be Catholic, and really couldn't care any less what the Catholic Church does within its own political heirarchy.

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    Re: Do you REALLY care about the next Pope?

    Any time I see a an unusual level of coverage, on something that has very
    little impact on out daily lives, I wonder why the topic and timing.
    Is not much else happening? and they need to fill up the time on the news cast,
    or is it a distraction?

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    Re: Do you REALLY care about the next Pope?

    Well, I am an atheist who thinks the Church is a horrible institution. However, I understand why this is making so much news and it SHOULD make news. THe Pope is the religious leader of over 1 billion people on Earth. The things he says and rules (whatever you call them) he passes affect not only the behavior of individuals but the actions of nations, particularly in the developing world where the Church holds the most sway.

    I don't care so much who it is because I have low expectations they would choose anyone who would make a positive change. My money is on an old white guy willing to protect child f**kers. Hope I'm wrong.

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