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Required conclave prep: The Vatican Diaries

posted at 7:30 am on March 4, 2013 by

As readers know by now, I will travel to Rome this week to provide on-the-scene reports on the papal conclave, interviews with various figures at the Vatican, as well as keep up with my regular tasks to some extent. To borrow a phrase from Lord of the Rings that has become popular in social media, one does not simply walk into the Vatican and know which questions to ask. I’ve been burning through some on-line sources to prepare myself — John Allen at National Catholic Reporter is a good read, for instance — but one book I’ve just started reading is designed to bring us all up to speed on what to expect from this conclave.

John Thavis’ The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church reminds us all of the fact that the Vatican may have a divine mission, but it’s still an organization filled with human beings, with all of the imperfections that implies.  I’ve gone about a third of the way through it and hope to complete it by the time I board the plane on Thursday morning.  Thavis is in Rome, and I hope to both pick his brain and interview him for Hot Air readers as soon as possible.  I’m working out of the Kindle version, but there are also audio versions available.

 

Update: The Anchoress has an interview with John Thavis, and graciously links back.

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Good call! I just picked this up over the weekend.

boko fittleworth on March 4, 2013 at 8:54 AM

This Lent was not a good time to swear off Twitter, Ed.

Blake on March 4, 2013 at 9:52 AM

How about a book review of The vatican Diaries?

Fenris on March 4, 2013 at 9:55 AM

How about a book review of The vatican Diaries?

Fenris on March 4, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Hoping to have one when I finish it, along with an interview with Thavis.

Ed Morrissey on March 4, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Ed, be sure to check out this post at Rorate Caeli on prognosticating in general if you haven’t already. The team at Rorate has been doing excellent work so far covering things and its principal contributor is very savvy.

Vatican Watcher on March 4, 2013 at 11:37 AM

John Allen at National Catholic Reporter is a good read,

I’ll have to take your word for it, as I tend to avoid any source that has its bishop announcing that it should desist in calling itself ‘Catholic’.

Vatican Watcher on March 4, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Agreed.

pannw on March 4, 2013 at 12:53 PM