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One of the things I love about a papal conclave is that it’s eight hours ahead. It’s got all the gravitas of a presidential election, but none of the minute by minute developments. So I can enjoy all the coverage without feeling like I have to stay glued to a television or a smartphone for breaking news. 
The smoke is black or white. See you tomorrow.

One of the things I love about a papal conclave is that it’s eight hours ahead. It’s got all the gravitas of a presidential election, but none of the minute by minute developments. So I can enjoy all the coverage without feeling like I have to stay glued to a television or a smartphone for breaking news.

The smoke is black or white. See you tomorrow.


We May Never Know Why The Pope Resigned 
Today the speculations will swirl, but it’ll eventually peter out when the race for the next Pope takes over the news. The Vatican is simply too opaque to make even intelligent guesses. You know how opaque the Vatican is? The journalist who broke the story heard the Pope giving his announcement to the Cardinals in Latin, and understood it, and then ran with the story. (Let nobody doubt the value of a classical education again.)

We May Never Know Why The Pope Resigned

Today the speculations will swirl, but it’ll eventually peter out when the race for the next Pope takes over the news. The Vatican is simply too opaque to make even intelligent guesses. You know how opaque the Vatican is? The journalist who broke the story heard the Pope giving his announcement to the Cardinals in Latin, and understood it, and then ran with the story. (Let nobody doubt the value of a classical education again.)

(Source: We May Never Know Why The Pope Resigned)