Re: Your rooting interest
I apologize for not responding to all of these as promptly and thoroughly as I should. The sum of them is kind of overwhelming. The quality of thought on this board, and of writing--speaking of which, yes, vatican, I'd be interested in that essay--is really remarkable.
Later this afternoon I'll get to some of the PMs. Hopefully. In the meantime, thanks to those who have poured out their hearts. Some of these posts might well make their way into the book, with the accompanying username. If anyone objects to that, or prefers his or her real name used, please let me know.