It looks like Pope John Paul II is not long for this world.
Now, I would never wish Terri Schiavo’s ordeal on anyone. But given that the Vatican weighed in on the side of reinserting Schiavo’s feeding tube, I can’t help but ponder this hypothetical: What would Catholic officials do if the Pope fell into a perpetual vegetative state and stayed that way for 15 years? Would the Catholic Church simply go without a Pope indefinitely? Or would they find a way to hasten – or more accurately, cease to delay – his passage from the mortal coil?