A recent flurry of speculation in Europe suggests that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the controversial prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has emerged as “an important late entry for the papacy” (London Daily Telegraph) in the event of the death of John Paul II. Ratziner has long been thought to be too combative and, at seventy-seven, too old, but the Barvarian cardinal’s age is now seen as a possible advantage. The conventional wisdom is...
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