The Papal Chase

I’ve been reading and researching a little this weekend about the process by which the new Pope is elected. There’s an interesting article here about the assumed front-runners and an article here about what happens in the mean time. Not being Catholic, it seems a bit odd to me that the people electing the next Pope (as nearly as I can tell, 124 voting Cardinals) were, for the most part, elected by the former Pope. Isn’t that a little like loading the deck?