Clearly, I do not share my husband's enthusiasm for athletic spectacle.
But a few weeks ago, when he realized that the Papal Conclave would be in March, Sportyspice Ken came up with a brilliant mashup:
The concept was simple- we would pick 64 interesting Popes from history. We would create four divisions, and through a series of match ups, we'd see who was the winner.
A perfect combination of homeschool history lessons and brackets!
You can see the introduction of our "Papal 64" here.
Round One results are here.
You guys, I expected this to be sort of boring. Sixty-four old dudes? History + Brackets? Blah. But in doing the research for these articles, I've been having a blast.
Example: All you reverts out there? All you once-lukewarm Catholics-now-practicing-Catholics? It's because of Pope Cornelius that you don't have to get re-baptized before receiving the Sacraments again. Good Pope Cornelius supported the thought that one could receive Confession then Communion after a lapse in faith, which was in strong opposition to other bishops' thought at the time that re-baptism should be the only way to welcome a wayward son back into the Church.
Anyway, here's where we're at now:
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The results for the next round are by no means determined yet. Head over to Aleteia to share your thoughts on who should advance to the next round and why.