Don’t know who yet, but the smoke’s white. Let me know what you hear.
UPDATE: It’s Ratzinger, who’s taking the name Benedict XVI.
“Benedict, hell. Look at the guy—he’s Palpatine I.” —Patrick
(Wikipedia: look quick.)
Just last night I was talking about this with my godfather. We pretty much agreed that Ratzinger was an unlikely choice. After all, he’s been the Vatican’s enforcer for a long time now. The College of Cardinals must be aware that, while we surely don’t know everything he’s done, we just as surely know that he’s done a lot of things; that some of them won’t have been terribly presentable; and that if he were made Pope, some of those not-terribly-presentable stories would be bound to come out.
Just because I feel like it:
Why I already didn’t believe in Papal Infallibility:
1. If that were true, surely someone would have noticed it earlier than 1870.
2. When you look at the history of the Papacy, “infallible” is neither the first nor the twentieth adjective most likely to occur to you.3. A philosophical dialogue:
Q. How do we know the Pope is infallible? A. We were informed of it by the Pope, who is infallible.4. Shall the Pope, alone of all God’s children, be stripped of his moral agency? That seems very wrong. Yet moral agency necessarily implies the ability to screw up. Someone who isn’t God, yet is guaranteed to not screw up, must not have it.
Q. This is like that thing about all Cretans being liars, right?
A. Uh-uh, nope, nothing like it.
Objection #4 is the one that gets me. I’m sorry, but I can’t believe in the infallible infallibility of anyone but God. It breaks the whole system.