ROME -- The words broke like a thunderclap inside St. Peter's Basilica. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, addressing the world's cardinals just hours before they sequestered themselves Monday to choose the next leader of the world's 1 billion Catholics, decided to define this conclave.
From the Washington Post (reg.req'd). Read the whole article. Thanks, Carlos.
I had a troubling feeling that Ratzinger was going to be chosen. His friends say that he isn't the theological pitbull his enemies and some of the media make him out to be. Let's pray that his pontificate will point to a grander gospel than what his job as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith allowed him to proclaim.
The people need a gentle, caring shepherd. Not an Inquisitor.
It is my prayer, that Benedict XVI will be an instrument of the gospel of peace, life, and salvation, wherever hurting people need to hear good news.
Here is his official Vatican biography.