The upcoming conclave has provoked a wave of speculation by the usual suspects: ideologues, propagandists and salesmen looking to further their agenda (left or right); journalists who need to keep this boon of a news cycle going; fear mongers, conspiracy theorists and prophecy hunters who will latch on to anything.
Pope Benedict the sedate intellectual has been working quietly, reorganizing the Holy See, making appointments and doing what he does best, writing and teaching in both an official and unofficial capacity. He has been a “transitional” pope, but his legacy may be much more significant than the media buzz suggests. This elderly pope who has spent the last clear-headed years he has conserving his energy and pacing himself in order to leave the Church in a position to do what it does best, survive and proclaim to the world, always old and decrepit, that Christ is the future.
He has stacked the deck for the conclave. We will reap what he has sown.