Don’t look now: the next conclave has begun

In case you didn’t notice, the process of choosing the next pope has begun. No, Pope Francis is still going strong, and the cardinals didn’t slip back into the Vatican under cover of night to convene in conclave. But that doesn’t mean the selection process isn’t happening. You will see it at work at the Synod in the sort of speculation and maneuvering that typically precede a papal election.