The Catholic Church really knows how to do it up right.
I love the ceremony, the ritual, the consistency. It's what keeps me hooked to the Catholic Church even though I'm really a terrible Catholic. The incense, the holy water being thrown around, I love it all.
Pope Benedict XVI is our new leader. I have no idea what that means for the world. I've heard speculation that it might not be a good thing. I have no idea.
I have to say that my sick little mind was trying to imagine what was going on inside the conclave. What I pictured was a bunch of guys sitting around, smoking, having a glass of wine and shooting the breeze. Throwing some hay on the fire and getting ready for the big moment - the moment that the white smoke comes through the chimney. Man the bells! Get the vestments pressed and ready!