Hmmmmph. A Problem. Some time ago I ran into a friend I had not seem for some time. In the course of conversation, he communicated to me the information that the Conclave for the election of the next Pope will take place in October. He was taciturn, but confident, about his sources.
Well, there you go. My own instinct had been that the present occupant of the Roman See would carry on as long as he could, so as to make his own particular agenda even more rigidly safe, and to make yet more of his wise appointments.
So, in an unwise moment, I advanced a reckless wager that my friend was wrong.
Now I've got Cold Feet. Suppose my friend knows something I don't know ... What will he say when my cheque bounces?
Dear Readers, I desperately need the current pontificate to carry on at least until the early hours of All Saints' Day, Greenwich Mean Time.
I look to everyone to do anything they can to ensure this.