The writer cautions against naivete, cynicism and its opposite extreme - idealism.
Bringing forward the papal election date would require a change in canon law which the pope may effect.
Catholicism, first and foremost, is a faith. But looking at it as a business that needs some changes offers an interesting perspective.
Ethnic states still in turmoil and poverty remains chronic
Now it's time to see if the Vatican is willing to reciprocate
The divide between conservatives and liberals will reignite with the next pontiff
Could there be a dramatic, last gasp reconciliation between the SSPX and the Vatican before the papacy is vacated?
"I'm an old man and I've lost my strength," the pope told his biographer last summer.
The nuns, who had widely reported problems with Pope Benedict's administration, hope for more input and regular meetings with senior Church leaders.
Despite Catholic attempts at intercession, belief in black magic persists in Papua New Guinea. Women are blamed, accused of sorcery and literally branded as witches.
Since resigning, Pope Benedict has lambasted the media and made remarks that seem aimed squarely at the machinations in the Vatican that came to light via "Vatileaks."
With a firm date yet to be announced, there seems to be a growing inclination to open the conclave sooner rather than later.