Yeeep. I knew there had to be a way around the hard-coded block on playing the pope -- and there is! You just turn the papacy into a republic (and a number of other little things). They thought they blocked us from playing His Holiness, but really -- we just had to find other ways. The benefit of this? Not only is the pope playable, but there are legit papal elections now. I'm going to see if I can make all my patricians bishops, too, for added realism. Oh and please don't post about this on the official Paradox forums. If Paradox gets wind of my method, they'll patch it out like they've patched out other papal loopholes.