It will be uncanny — for those that lived through the U.S. 2020 presidential election.
It will be deja vu, but this time in the context of the Church.
Yes, since 1870 (or thereabouts) most conclaves pivoted on ‘right’ (traditionalist/conservative) vs ‘left’ (‘modernist’/liberal) considerations.
But, as with the U.S. (& Trump), Pope Francis has brought this to ‘a head’.
There is polarization like never before — both in the U.S. & the Church.
The HUGE, insurmountable difference between the U.S. election & the conclave, however, being that unlike U.S. citizens, Catholics have NO SAY. Not even Catholic priests, bishops or archbishops. Just (at most) 120 cardinal electors hand-picked by Popes Francis, Benedict XVI & John Paul II. Papal elections are NOT democratic. Papal elections hark back to the fiefdoms of the 13th century.
But, the battle will be real & bitter.
It will hark back to Vatican II — ’80’-years ago. It will be a ding-donger.
Stay tuned. I will keep you posted.