The Real Reason the Conclave is On March 12th, and not March 11th…UPDATED

What? You thought you could just bring in some folding chairs and tables into the Sistine Chapel, as if it’s just your average parish hall, or something? Please.


We’re putting a floor in here, people! You thought this stuff just builds itself? See you on Tuesday afternoon (if we don’t run out of lumber).

That’s the real story. I now return you to the other story, courtesy of the Catholic Herald in the UK.

The Vatican press office has said the conclave to elect the successor of Pope Benedict XVI will begin on Tuesday.

“Cause the fellas will be done with construction, and the electrician will be done too.”

St. Joseph knows…


Like I was sayin’,

Catholic News Service – Main reason for conclave date revealed.

Vatican City, Mar 9, 2013 / 01:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An overwhelming majority of the College of Cardinals agreed on holding the conclave March 12 because the Sistine Chapel and St. Martha House needed more time to be ready for it.

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Joe Six-Pack has his moments. They’re rare, but he does have them. :)



  • Michael

    Why do they have to put in a false floor??!

    • Frank Weathers

      Because. That’s what the customer ordered. Next question.

    • Kevin

      Duh! so that during the conclave, when “We will rock you” is played… the foot stomps sound more awesome!!!….

      • Frank Weathers


    • Tim Canny

      It is explained in one of Dan Brown’s books. The albino ninja monks have to hide somewhere while they manipulate the vote!

      • Kim Dale


    • Frank Weathers

      According to CNS,

      A temporary floor was being installed so that it is level with the stepped altar area.

  • Sean P. Dailey

    “Italian Carpenters’ Union calls 30-minute strike sending conclave into chaos.”

    • Frank Weathers


  • The Crescat

    I’m always amazed to see Italians organize anything.

  • Christopher Braun

    I imagine they want to protect the floor from being worn away by 117 sets of shoes repeatedly walking back and forth over it. This building is over 500 years old.

  • midwestlady

    Jammers. Electronic jammers.

  • midwestlady

    Christopher. If you visit Rome, you’ll see that tourists by the millions walk through the Sistine Chapel on every weekday. I’ve stood in the Sistine Chapel myself. That’s not the reason.

  • Anthony S. Layne

    Also, the Italian press needs somewhere to hide the bugs and cameras.