Several years ago, in my pre-Catholic days, I had heard talk of the end of the world being imminent upon the death of then-pope JPII. These were the same well-meaning but, I fear, misguided would-be mentors who also encouraged me to read the “Left Behind” series as a plausible end-of-the-world scenario, as well as books by Protestant authors such as Tim LaHaye. In the “Left Behind” series, our beloved JPII was succeeded by an American cardinal Matthews, who turned out to be a bad guy according to some special interpretation of Revelation (don’t ask me for chapter and verse, please). What are our Protestant brethren saying about Benedict XVI? Is there fear of what he might do (which there’s no reason to have, he’s the right man for the job), or are we seeing some of these end-times scenarios reconsidered (even better, debunked)? Also, is the rapture (according to premilleniallists) soon to be upon us? Is the Antichrist ready to assume his throne? I’d be interested to know what the buzz is.