The cardinals elected Ratzinger! Dog in a manger! The man has a reputation as the Vatican’s watch-dog. He retreated into dogmatic conservativism after living through liberalism’s failure to oppose the tyranny of fascism.

I feel sorry for the Catholic Church. A friend observed that the last pope to bear the moniker Benedict put a positive spin on mission to Asia and Asian participation in the observances of the church. Is it their turn next?