In a Terry Mattingly article on "Divining the pope’s legacy"
Theologian George Weigel needs a global positioning system transmitter on his wrist so journalists can keep track of him.
As author of the 1,008-page "Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II," his life has been hectic since the news flash that the shepherd of the world’s 1 billion Roman Catholics had been rushed to the hospital, gasping for breath.
Weigel said a network-news reporter recently called and asked, " ‘Where are you going to be tonight, in case something happens to the pope?’ Well, I said, ‘I’m going to church and I’m going home and eat dinner with my family. That’s what we do on Ash Wednesday. Is that OK?’ "
and ends with this:
Based on his personal contacts, he is convinced that the pope’s health is actually quite sound for an 84-year-old who is suffering from arthritis and Parkinson’s disease.
"This whole idea that the next breath of wind that comes along is going to blow him over is just wrong," said Weigel. "The truth of the matter is that he is going to have his ups and his downs. We may see six or seven of these episodes in the next year or two or longer. So are we going to go crazy every time? That is going to get old fast."