Pope John Paul II is failing. He needs a feeding tube to receive nourishment. I will make a prediction. He will not last long. The Catholic Church is in crisis. The homosexual priests and their predatory behavior with children and the cover-up by the church has been costly in terms of money and in keeping and attracting new members. The church's relevance on issues of birth control, abortion, stem cell research and assisted suicide are questions of policy that need to be addressed. We need a new functioning Pope with a somewhat more liberal view for the church to recover. In this case a liberal view would be one that follows the teachings of Christ. Not the
proclamations of church bureaucrats that followed Him.
Don't underestimate a desperate clergy in the Vatican. Things will happen. It won't be the first time!