There are stories of Papal shoes, rings, palaces and castles. We see pictures of old men dressed in ecclesiastical finery sitting in palatial rooms at the Vatican. There are stories of corruption and jockeying for position among the cardinals. We are informed of the number old men who will have voting rights at the conclave called to elect the new pope. For some reason that defies logic a disproportionate number are Italian. Many Americans are deeply offended by the presence of Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles. Of course the laity has no role to play. We are expected to sit back and watch our church implode.