So Pope Benedict XVI has heeded Bill Maher's ironically biblical advice to "Turn! Turn! Turn!" instead of holding his lifetime appointment until death.
Now is the perfect time for the Catholic Church to consider a different kind of pope. Maybe one from one of the other five populated continents (or at least, farther-flung Europe). Maybe one who isn't in his eighties. Maybe one who really wants to improve the church rather than weave a prettier rug with more space underneath to sweep the problems.
I know that's not going to happen. But in times like these, there's always that glimmer of hope.