Required conclave prep: The Vatican Diaries
posted at 7:30 am on March 4, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
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.