Democracy, Vatican-style

06 April 2005 » Politics

As you might possibly have heard, the Pope passed on this weekend, which has given me some overdue inspiration to look into the peculiar city-state known as the Holy See, or the Vatican City.

Digging in, I discovered a shocking truth about this nation: voter eligibility is “limited to cardinals less than 80 years old.” and the chief of state is elected for life by a body composed of non-citizens (the last election being 26 years ago, no less!). Furthermore, there are no political parties or opposition groups.

I call upon our President to denounce such flagrant disregard for the spirit of democracy, and push for universal suffrage in all nations.