Entries Confirmed!

Fantasy Pope entries have been locked in! I E-mailed all 23 participants — if you do not receive an E-mail with the spreadsheet, let me know. Now it’s all up to the curia. Thanks for participating in what I assume is the world’s largest papal conclave fantasy league. 

Trying to paste the entries below… We’ll see how that works.


Entry Name Initials MobPool Pope14 Pope9 Pope8 Pope7 Pope6 Pope5 Pope4 Pope3 Pope2 Pope1 Continent BlackSmoke Regnal9 Regnal4 Regnal3 Regnal2 Regnal1
Pious Prius DC No Bertone Turkson Scola Ouellet Sandri Schonborn Vallini Erdo Maradiaga O’Malley Europe 2 Innocent Pius Leo Celestine Clement
Papal Bluestorm AJG No Scherer Turkson Scola Sandri Bertone Hummes Tagle Arinze Maradiaga Ravasi South America 7 Paul Peter Pius John Clement
Doyner DDC No Bertone Scola Vallini Turkson Sandri Scherer Ouellet Erdo Maradiaga Schonborn Europe 3 John Paul Pius Celestine Clement Gregory
Monsignor Stilly JS Yes Erdo Scola Sandri Maradiaga Tagle Eijk Ouellet Ravasi Don Piacenza Europe 13 John Paul John Pius Boniface Peter
Brienne B BB No Sandri Scola Bagnasco Ravasi Canivares Schonborn Duka Erdo Barbarin Sandri Europe 4 Pius Clement Paul Innocent Gregory
Ex-Benedict SC No Sandri Scola Turkson Ouellet Bertone Bagnasco Erdo Schonborn Ravasi Tagle Europe 2 Peter Pius John Paul John Paul
Papal Hinmen AKS No Turkson Scola Bertone Scherer Erdo Ouellet Schonborn Vallini Maradiaga Arinze Africa 6 Pius Innocent Clement Urban Paul
The Bonifacials PM No Scola Schonborn Erdo Ouellet Bagnasco Duka Scherer de Aviz Turkson Dolan Europe 4 Boniface Clement Benedict Paul Pius
Hairbo BM No Ravasi Scola Schonborn Scherer de Aviz Tagle Maradiaga Turkson Dolan Burke Europe 7 Stephen Clement Urban Nicholas Felix
Pope Naga Naga ML Yes Ouellet Scherer Turkson Erdo Scola Bertone Arinze Dolan Hummes O’Malley Europe 3 Peter George Leo Nicholas Gregory
Perpetual Outsider JR No Bagnasco Turkson Scola Ouellet Sandri Bertone Scherer Ravasi Erdo Hummes Europe 6 Urban Pius Innocent Clement Boniface
Papal Tigers AB No Ouellet Turkson Scherer Conrad Bain Jesse Jackson Jr H. Baines P. Robertson Scola Sandri Seacrest Australia 3 Fabian Eugene Sixtus Lucius Mercellus
Baptized As Paul VI Died PP Yes Scherer Sandri Eijk Schonborn Scola Erdo Tagle de Aviz Sarah Ravasi South America 2 Joseph Paul Boniface Pius Gregory
Pope EppurSi Muove BA No Scola Bagnasco Bertone Llovera Sepe Piacenza Amato Erdo Ouellet Dolan Europe 3 John Paul Pius Benedict Leo Innocent
jdinnervi JD No Schonborn Sandri Ouellet Scola Dolan Scherer Bergoglio Pll O’Malley Erdo Europe 6 Gregory Urban Leo Julius Patricius
Biggus Pickus Pontificus DK No Scola Turkson Ouellet Bertone Schonborn Erdo Ranjith Thome Rai George Europe 1 Clement Alexander Pius Gregory Peter
Nobody’s Innocent XIV NL No Scola Bagnasco Turkson Ouellet Erdo Scherer Duka Ravasi Llovera Konig Europe 7 John Paul Clement Pius Gregory Leo
Canterpopes MC Yes Scola Bertone Bagnasco Ravasi Erdo Schonborn Piacenza Sandri Maradiaga Sarducci Europe 3 Peter Pius John Paul John Paul
El Popo Guesso WM Yes Scola Bagnasco Sandri Turkson Ravasi Ouellet Bertone Erdo Schonborn McCleskey Europe 5 John Paul Pius Gregory Paul Will
Pope in the Pizza KDE No Ouellet Scola Maradiaga Arinze Bagnasco           North America 2 Pius Gregory Sixtus Innocent Urban
Opera AB Yes Ouellet Turkson Sandri de Aviz Ravasi Erdo Scola Tagle Schonborn Carrera South America 3 Pius Gregory Clement Paul John
Banquet of Chestnuts LB Yes Scola Bertone Bagnasco Sandri Arinze Scherer Schonborn Bergoglio Hummes Sarah Europe 6 John Paul Paul Pius Innocent Benedict
Semper Ubi Sub Ubi CJS Yes Erdo Schonborn Scola Scherer Bertone Ravasi Bergoglio Sandri Piacenza Maradiaga Europe 7 John Pius Clement Joseph Leo

Closed to Entries

It’s all in the hands of the cardinals now. Entries are in and will be published here soon, in advance of the conclave. Thanks to everyone who is participating! Let the intrigue begin…


Reminder: Submit entries by E-mail to rotopope@gmail.com to be included!

Our friends at fark.com have greenlit us as interesting. In light of the new attention, the Popemaster General convened an emergency meeting of the rotopope Curia, where it was unanimously agreed the deadline should be extended. To give our Fark friends time, the deadline is hereby extended to 8am Rome time on March 6. That’s midnight Mountain Time in the US, 1 am central, 2 am eastern, and 11pm (on march 5) Pacific.

The Popemaster General, in an audience granted to the undersigned Cardinal President of the Rotopontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei on 1 March 2013, approved this present instruction and ordered its publication.

On the home stretch!

Entries are rolling in on His Holiness’ last day in red shoes. Don’t be left on the sideline as history is made in the coming conclave. The Church is abuzz with Vatican intrigue. Which Cardinals will let scandal keep them out of the conclave? Is there anything so offensive the Italian media won’t make it up? Is there anyone less knowledgeable on the Church than Andrew Sullivan? Are the African candidates ready and have recent public statements exposed that? It’s an exciting time to be a Papal enthusiast. Get your entries in soon and be part of Church history!

Fantasy Pope Accepting Entries

The hottest fantasy game of the new Millennium is back. In Fantasy Pope, you can build your dream team of candidates for Pope, possible Papal Names (Urban X? Larry I? John XXIV?), and number of times dark smoke comes out the chimney! Watch from the edge of your seat as the sealed conclave deliberates and no one knows what’s going on until a winner is announced! Cheer on your favorite continent as it tries to unseat Europe as the only continent to produce a Pontifex Maximus!


List your top ten picks for Pope, in order from most likely to least likely.

List the continent you think is most likely to produce the next Pope.

List the number of voting rounds held which do *not* produce a new Pope (if a new Pope is named on the first ballot, the winning number is zero).

List the five names you think are most likely for the new Pope to adopt as his Papal name, in order from most likely to least likely.

Your Fantasy Pope entry name


Once the new Pope is announced, entries will be scored as follows:

Correctly listing the Pope on your top ten list, with points given based on how high the new Pope was on your list (14 points for most likely, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 for spots two through ten).

Correctly picking the continent of birth for the new Pope (five points).

8 – X points for the difference between your guess and the actual number of voting rounds that occur without producing a Pope.  For instance, if you predicted 6 rounds that don’t produce a Pope (Pope selected on seventh ballot), and there are instead 11 rounds (Pope selected on twelfth ballot), you would receive 3 points (8 – (11-6)).

Correctly listing the name adopted by the new Pope, with points given based on how high the new Pope’s name was on your list and reduced down the list (9 points for most likely,  4, 3, 2, 1 for spots two through five).


March 1, 2013.


The overall winner with the highest score will be named winner, and will be awarded no prize other than bragging rights of being the world’s greatest Papal Prognosticator. In the case of ties, the following will be used in order as tiebreakers until a winner remains: Correct candidate in first spot, correct name in first spot, closest to number of votes not producing a Pope, points earned for candidate, points earned for name.


E-mail rotopope@gmail.com for clarifications or to submit entries. After all entries are received, everyone will receive a list of all entries in advance of the conclave. Good luck!