Hello Joe 5859,
I had skimmed Universi Dominici Gregis in the past but yesterday I read it. Thanks for the link.
What I understand the main concern for secrecy to be is so that the value of the elected Pope is not ever and under any circumstances to be put to question. Such as, for instance, by letting the public know that it was deadlock between x and y for thirty votes and the final deciding manner inwhich the deadlock was broken could be questioned. This seems to be the main concern.
I thought that perhaps, one of the reasons for the secrecy was because some cardinals would eliminate themselves due to the fact that they may bring scandal to the church or something disqualifies them and that although the ‘something’ is mentioned during the conclave it works like a confession and must be kept secret. But, this does not seem to happen at the conclave.
I just thought that the cardinals would take due deligence to assure that the elected Pope will not bring scandal to the Church. Actually, I cannot quote it now as I type but in Universi Dominici Gregis Pope John Paul the Great alludes to the human responsibility of the process, yes, it is the Holy Spirit that Calls but people need to be responsible. It’s like the priesthood. Yes, it is God that calls men to the priesthood but the people in charge of the seminaries need to take care of their responsibilities and assure that the men admitted and ordained are mentally healthy.
So, it does not seem that the secrecy has anything to do with assuring the qualification of the elected. Actually, I do not know what measures are taken if any to this end. Cardinal Law was at the conclave. True, he mismanaged a serious situation and it was not as though he committed the crimes himself, but, if he were elected Pope I think that this would bring scandal and hurt the Church. It could even be worst, if for instance, a cardinal that has problem himself is elected e.g. Hans Hermann Wilhelm Groër in his time.
There seems to be no measures taken to assure the cardinal elected would not bring scandal. Of course, God would bring good out of it at the end, but, I just thought measures are taken. Are there measures taken?