Via the great new blog, Whispers in the Loggia, this is Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto reflecting on the papal conclave. I love it when he bristles a little when, in responding to a question about whether he has a favorite, he says that they are going to pray about it, and the reporter says he's being a politician. Cardinal Collins says "this isn't politics, it really isn't, that's the way it's spun, but this is the choosing of the Vicar of Christ on Earth, it really is a prayerful thing." He goes on to say that "a lot of the categories used to define such things [he undoubtedly means progressive or reformist or traditionalist or conservative] aren't really helpful."
The bigness of Cardinal Collins as a man, the largeness of heart and soul, shines through. The reporter is doing his job, and there's nothing wrong with that. But the contrast is striking. One man is thinking on a time horizon of a news cycle, the other on a time horizon of eternity.