We have a Pontiff
Joseph Ratzinger has been elected the new pope, taking the papal name of Pope Benedict XVI. He is 78 years old.
Now, its all well and good having a man with experiance, but when they have been able to collect a pension for nearly 15 year, questions of sutability come into question.
Ratzinger is part of the old school, not a fan of Homosexuals and other "godless modern trends"
Ratzinger, dean of the cardinals, had dominated the Vatican since the death of Pope John Paul on April 2. He presided over the funeral Mass and daily meetings of cardinals since then.
He used a homily at a Mass before the conclave to issue a stern warning that godless modern trends must be rejected. The address was widely seen as promoting his candidacy.
Ratzinger's stern leadership of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the modern successor to the Inquisition, delighted conservative Catholics but upset moderates and other Christians whose churches he described as deficient.
Ironically, Pope John Paul 2 was Polish and Ratzinger is a German who may have been a member of Hitler Youth.....it makes you think