Expert Analysis From Community College World Religions Teacher On CNN
Royal Oak, MI–Just minutes after black smoke rose above the Sistine Chapel Tuesday, World Religions Teacher at Royal Oak Community College Stacy Martinez appeared on CNN to give her opinion regarding the failure of the first ballot. The 57-year-old community college teacher told Wolf Blitzer that the failure of the 115 Cardinals participating in the conclave could be a sign of disunity and perhaps even indecision. “What Catholics have to ask themselves is what are the ramifications of the first ballot going up in black smoke,” Matinez told CNN, on location outside the community college’s food cart. “I’m not in there, so I can’t know for sure, but if I had to say, it seems like there might be some real strong disagreements going on with the cardinals right now.They can’t make up their minds and I think that’s the reason so many of the faithful are so fed up and frustrated with the Church. Their leaders either can’t make a proper decision, as we clearly see in this case, or they make bad decisions, as we’ll certainly see when they elect the next pope.” When asked when Martinez expected the Cardinals to come to a decision, she responded that, after witnessing the disappointing failure of today’s vote, that the conclave could last anywhere from two days to three years. “I would definitely guesstimate somewhere within that time frame.” At press time Martinez has predicted that the next pope would most likely be one of the Cardinals present at the conclave.