We've discussed this many times.
And no public Scientologists have sufficient interest or ambition to run the joint. Not even the whales. So they're out.
This answers my question...though if I were a whale or a public, I'd be really pissed off about where my money was going all this time.
Someone here posted quite wisely that if DM were to leave his Pope post that he would no longer have access to "free" legal counsel to defend him in litigation. And if modern patterns should be projected, he can expect to spend the rest of his life being sued.
And after he's been sued and sued and sued, he may become the target of even more aggressive efforts to right past wrongs. Tsk tsk.
So I think he'll stick around for as long as he possibly can. I think being Pope of Scientology under any conditions is preferrable to any other situation he could create for himself in any country in the world.
Very, very true. But I think this, alone would piss me off if I were a whale and became aware of it.