My apologies for my absence. First, I would like to assure you that we are working on some rather scholarly posts for next week. Second, I would like to direct your attention to Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio Normas Nonnullas, which should bring you up to speed on the rules concerning the election of the Roman Pontiff. If anything, it will provide you with plenty of Catholic trivia for the next few weeks. Viva il Papa!