If you're a reporter, the easiest thing in the world is to get a story. The hardest thing is to verify. The old sins were about getting something wrong, that was a cardinal sin. The new sin is to be boring.
The Cardinal is at his wit's end - it is true that he had not far to go.
I committed a cardinal sin as a kid. I never spoke, and my mother thought there was something seriously wrong with me. A silent child is regarded as a problem in Ireland, and I just read all the time.
Humility is not something that comes naturally. But it is a cardinal virtue that should be pursued more than any other.