Originally Posted by Piobaire
It has to do with the tradition that the ballots are burned after each vote.
I don't understand why they need to vote. If they all are so holy and in such good communication with God, would it not be something that they should as the big guy upstairs about? Surely God would make it clear who he thought would be the best person to lead over a billion of his faithful followers. Who knows, maybe he might have input on the nickname too; perhaps God wanted him to be called "Kevin" or "Tony" instead of "Benedict" or "Francis"