The next time the Conclave meets in Rome to choose a pope I’ll understand the process better. I’ll picture the cardinals politicking, conversing, eating, and praying together at St. Martha’s Residence, and then stepping into a van to drive them around the rear of St. Peter’s to the Sistine Chapel. I’ll have a visual for how the voting goes.
I must say I enjoyed learning this through Harris’s novel, which also gave me compassion for the priests who have risen high enough up the Catholic hierarchy to work in the Vatican. How hard it must be to remain faithful and humble!