Current rumours are suggesting that the Roman Catholic world will soon be under the authority of a new ruler. Will another sick old man be elected to avoid another long long reign? Will he be a relatively young man to avoid having to watch the pope falling asleep in his chair in the middle of an address? Will he be, like the present pope, preoccupied with public appearances, and tradition while ignoring the Roman Catholic Churches internal strifes? Here is a quote from Pulitzer prize winning historian Garry Wills who wrote Why I am a Catholic, fron a June 2002 NPR interview. " He is a pope who has been widely disobeyed. Under him the priesthood has evaporated. The nuns have dissappeared. The discontent of the laity is very strong. The hierarchy has become corrupt with secrecy and unaccountability. I dont see how he can be considered a successful pope." What is the view of Catholics on this board. Do you consider him to be a successful pope?