Forever is a long time
So much for those vows of perpetual secrecy...
Although the cardinals swore an oath of perpetual secrecy about what occurred in the conclave, many began to talk about it on Wednesday. [WaPo]
Kieran Healy writes:
I know it’s impossible to properly conceive of eternity within the finitute of the human mind, but you’d think the Cardinals might have done better than “about 24 hours after the Conclave.” Still, the article is worth a read for its glimpse of the politics of the Church at its highest levels.
Interesting facts contained therein:
1. Ratz played the age card. He promised everyone he wasn't going to hog the papacy for the next quarter century, unlike like some people he could name.
2. American cardinals are astonishingly willing to talk about super-secret stuff on the record. I wonder if God's Rottweiler will have to excommunicate them now?
3. Opus Dei's going to be calling in a lot of favors.
4. Ratz served chicken cordon bleu at his electoral banquet and kicked everyone out early. General opinion was that JP2 threw a better party with more singing.