Mourning In America

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Friday, April 15, 2005
Is Ratzinger Really the Front-Runner? Newsweek's Melissa Hennenberger pens a column purporting to decode the signals coming from the Vatican, but the only takeaway seems to be that "nobody don't know nothing." That said, my favorite speculation that she reports is the idea that:
the sudden push for Ratzinger, John Paul’s reliably hard-line theologian, who heads the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is nothing but a ploy by hardliners. They want to soften up the faithful so that when another, equally conservative but less controversial man is named, the reaction will be, “Oh well, at least it isn’t Ratzinger.’’

I have to say, given that I know little about the other hardliners in the College of Cardinals, she's pretty much got my reaction pegged.

Meanwhile, MIA's officially-endorsed candidate, Cardinal Claudio Hummes from Sao Paulo, is mentioned favorably by The New Republic in a subscribers-only piece. Here's a National Catholic Reporter article on a recent speech by the Cardinal that does a good job of summing up why I think I like him.