Stuff My Sisters Will Like

To Jenny, Katie and Laura, From Their Brother, Victor

Sim Conclave May 29, 2012

Filed under: Catholicism,Games,Neat,Religion,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

Some of you have been enjoying my Papal Conclave Simulator.  (I can’t upload it here because of WordPress restrictions. Even emailing the program is more complicated than you would think. If you still want to give it a try, write to victorfeltes over at the gmail.)  It’s not much of a game, but I think people find it fun to run a few times through.
Here is another Papal Conclave Sim. Despite its more polished execution, I like my game better. Why?

  • This simulation portrays clergy as ambitiously maneuvering their whole lives to become pope. (At one point, another cardinal is said to be your “campaign manager.”) In reality, the vast majority of priests serve humbly and advance hierarchically only with reluctance.
  • In one segment, you voice your positions on Church teachings and practices. No matter what you say, you are answered by saints, cardinals, and/or dissident theologians challenging your view. (Catholic teaching, you see, is doubtful and really up for grabs.)
  • When the Church’s leadership is squinted at through worldly lenses, as this game tends to do, it’s all about power and perks. In truth, the hierarchy, despite its flaws, is devoted to serving Christ and His people. Only one of Jesus’ Twelve Apostles was a Judas Iscariot.

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