On not being allowed to watch the Conclave

I love being Catholic, not only for the vast horizons the Church opens before my searching eyes and thirsting heart, but also for the mighty, wooden doors she closes in front of my inquiring nose. That the Church dares — in a world nauseous with false egalitarianism — to declare things too holy to be dressed in anything but a finery I cannot afford, a secrecy I cannot know, and a reverence I can only hope to attain — all this convinces me that she alone is the throne of Eternity on earth. In her ritual, the Catholic Church treats Christ as lovers treat each other in their deepest silence, with trembling adoration, revealing herself as the Bride of Christ indeed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ChristinaChannell Christina Channell

    Beautiful. :)

  • Robin Johnston

    Love love love this thought. Pondering intimacy and the protection of it, via secrecy and adoration, all day. Thank you,

  • Vanada

    “..in a world nauseous with false egalitarianism” – that’s just it isn’t it? The phoney-bonhomie, I call it.

    • Claude

      false egalitarianism, phoney-bonhomie

      Like what?

  • opusaug

    Thanks. I’ve been grumpy since I read the the commenters with Beamers in their eyes here:


    Your post was the perfect antidote.

    Our Lady of Fatima pray for us.

    • Good Catholic GIrl

      Oh, I think every Catholic should read Fr. Daly’s link. So much food for thought.

    • http://imperfectfornow.blogspot.com/ Mackman

      I followed that link, and I found that every single post disagreeing with the author had been deleted. I’m so glad that such an “independent” site is so open and accepting of dissidents.

  • roughplacesplain

    This is lovely.

  • Howard

    I agree with the general idea, but I don’t think this is the best example. Nothing leads me to believe that the election of a Pope is necessarily a very holy thing — CERTAINLY not so holy as the consecration you can witness any day but Good Friday. So, for example, no woman may participate in this or any other conclave, but that does not mean that every woman is inferior in holiness to, say, Cardinal Mahony. Maybe a better way would be that the best response to those who insist (mistakenly, as a matter of fact) that “there is no such thing as a stupid question” might be, “Perhaps, but the answer to a great many questions is ‘none of your business’”?

  • weweedmaniii

    As an armchair historian this wasn’t always the case. Royal & temporal Interference along with personal agendas and outright warfare has marked many papacies prior to the Reformation. Only difficult reforms turned this into a true election that it is today.

    • Howard

      Precisely. It has not always been secret, and at times it has certainly not been very holy — that is, the men making the selection, the men selected, and the process used have all at times been notably lacking in holiness. On the other hand, one could say that the process is holy in the same sense that the Church is holy: even though our priests are sinners, they are still channels of divine grace.

    • http://snickersnackbaby.blogspot.com/ David Ferguson

      Remove the secular accumulation of power, endure a Reformation, and the Church starts to return to its purpose. Almost like God is cleaning house. :)

  • Catherine Edmumd

    Habemus Papam!!

  • Joe

    Hi Marc,

    I’ve misplaced your email address, hence me asking here, but would you mind if I used an article from your blog in our University Catholic magazine we’re intent on publishing for the semester?



  • Al Fitzmorris

    Bootlicking…dressed in finery.

  • mike

    “In her ritual, the Catholic Church treats Christ as lovers treat each
    other in their deepest silence, with trembling adoration, revealing
    herself as the Bride of Christ indeed.”

    Kind of ironic considering the post is about how you can’t and don’t know anything about it. How do you know they aren’t in there arm wrestling to see who gets the job? Or picking the longest straw…or worse.

    Pretty thoughts though, but I don’t know where you live, but fortunately there is lots of REAL egalitarianism where I am (and even in a lot of churches).

  • http://twitter.com/jenfrost1 Jen Frost

    I’m completely ok with not seeing it or knowing it. I think there’s a certain sense of intimacy and prayer that takes place and the privacy around it is something sacred. Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts. Jen @ http://enterundermyroof.blogspot.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/adrian.erickson.9 Adrian Erickson

    Marc, is what you mean by “nauseous” actually “nauseated?” Is the world a source of nausea with false egalitarianism, or is the world the thing that is nauseated with false egalitarianism? *CAN’T. CONTROL. GRAMMAR NAZIISM*

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=516505854 Jason Brown

    Sorry for the off-topic comment but I don’t know how else to find what I’m looking for.

    Awhile back Marc wrote a post about sex scenes and promiscuous relationships in movies or TV, and how lame and moralistic these clichés come across. Like a lecture from your grandma. I want to share this post with my wife, but I can’t for the life of me find it.

    If Marc or someone else could point me to this, I’d be grateful.

  • http://twitter.com/EkGaetan Eleanor Gaetan

    Your loyal fans are waiting for your thoughts on Pope Francis! :-)