The chutzpah of the Master Narcissist reminds us of the truth discovered by Balaam: that the Holy Spirit still speaks through the mouth of jackasses. He will, alas, be part of the next conclave, unless of course, somebody puts him in jail or scratches him from the college of cardinals somehow.
Benedict had the class to resign when he felt himself unequal to the task. There is a certain logic to the fact that this repellent man refuses to go away, precisely because he has no class at all.
Meanwhile, the redoubtable John Zmirak has strong views on where Cardinal Mahony should be during the conclave and for many years to come:
But, of course, that’s largely up to laity, who run all the police forces, staff all the courts, man all the juries, and operate all the prisons.