I recently finished reading In God’s Name by David Yallop, which alleges that Pope John Paul I was murdered.
Part of the book describes the conclave of cardinals where a new Pope is elected, as part of this process the potential Pope is asked whether or not he accepts his election. My question is do we know how many people have declined their election and who they were?
I know the conclave is supposed to be kept secret but people being people surely some rumours must have leaked out?
Now that’s a bit odd, I picked up a second-hand copy of an early edition of his book and its been sitting on my bookshelf for about fifteen years if not longer. I started reading it about a month ago and finished it possibly on the same day he died or thereabouts.
I don’t know the actual answer to the question, but as was said upthread, it makes sense if a cardinal had no intention of accepting he’d make that clear from the start, especially because my guess is the conclaves get political. You know, back the right horse. I did want to say, I read Yallop’s book years ago and found it very intriguing. Of course, that could’ve been because from the time JPI died, I thought there was foul play/cover up involved and I’m not one that buys into conspiracy theories.