From the growing “Shoot the Messenger” file

Note to the unwary and easily panicked: whenever anybody anywhere in the media says stuff like “A Catholic cardinal who some believe may become the next pope…” you may wager your entire life’s savings with absolute security on the fact that the cardinal under discussion will never ever EVER be the next Pope. Media people *love* to imagine they have the inside track on stuff like that. They don’t have a frickin’ clue. Remember: these are the same people who have been confident of the “inside sources” who have assured us all that JPII has been at death’s door for 20 years.